SPECIAL SECTION: Message For Our “Friends” In The Middle Kingdom
I normally save this for near the end, but…basically…up your shit-kicking barbarian asses. Yes, barbarian! It took a bunch of sailors in Western Asia to invent a real alphabet instead of badly drawn cartoons to write with. So much for your “civilization.”
Yeah, the WORLD noticed you had to borrow the Latin alphabet to make Pinyin. Like with every other idea you had to steal from us “Foreign Devils” since you rammed your heads up your asses five centuries ago, you sure managed to bastardize it badly in the process.
Have you stopped eating bats yet? Are you shit-kickers still sleeping with farm animals?
Or maybe even just had the slightest inkling of treating lives as something you don’t just casually dispose of?
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!
And here’s my response to barbarian “asshoes” like you:
OK, with that rant out of my system…
Biden Gives Us Too Much Credit
…we can move on to the next one.
Apparently Biden (or his puppeteer) has decided we’re to blame for all of the fail in the United States today.
Sorry to disappoint you Joe (or whoever), but you managed to do that all on your own; not only that, you wouldn’t let us NOT give you the chance because you insisted on cheating your way into power.
Yep, you-all are incompetent, and so proud of it you expect our applause for your sincerity. Fuck that!!
It wouldn’t be so bad, but you insist that everyone else have to share in your misery. Nope, can’t have anyone get out from under it. Somehow your grand vision only works if every single other person on earth is forced to go along. So much as ONE PERSON not going along is enough to make it all fail, apparently.
In engineering school we’re taught that a design that has seven to eight billion single points of failure…sucks.
Actually, we weren’t taught that. Because it would never have occurred to the professors to use such a ridiculous example.
The So-Called Vax
I think I can actually make sense of the Vaxers now. (And I’m going to call it the “treatment” from here forward.)
Everything they do makes sense (from their point of view, that is), if you assume that they believe the purpose of the treatment is to prevent the recipient from infecting others. It’s not to protect the recipient from others, it’s to protect others from the recipient.
(Now it is true that an actual vax helps slow the spread of the disease. I know you can sometimes transmit a disease if vaxed, but it’s more difficult if you don’t actually don’t catch it. But I am not talking about the side-benefit of a real vax; I’m talking about what they think of THIS treatment, where, apparently the only benefit it confers is to prevent people from transmitting it.)
Under those circumstances, they can consider you selfish for not wanting to protect others. After all you refuse to take a treatment that will prevent others from catching the disease from you. And, indeed, they do consider you “selfish” and not in the positive way that Ayn Rand used the term.
But it’s yet another one of those things where ONE non-compliant individual ruins it for everyone else–at least, that’s what they think it is. ONE untreated person could infect the entire human race, because they aren’t protected from him.
Never mind that this is not what a vaccine is supposed to be doing. If you assume that the motherf*cking toilet licker in front of you shrieking about how you’re Satan Incarnate for not being jabbed believes that the sole purpose of the treatment is to prevent the recipient from spreading the disease–not to prevent the recipient from catching it–suddenly his behavior makes sense, at least based on what he believes (and you can’t expect anyone to behave in accordance with things they don’t believe).
So perhaps the best way to argue with these people is to simply point out calmly that a vaccine (their word) is supposed to protect the recipient from those with the disease [which of course we say] not prevent them from giving it to other people [identify their false premise and face it head on] they might actually feel like they’re being argued with, rather than talked past.
If you don’t confront their actual premise, arguing with them can accomplish nothing.
Justice Must Be Done.
The prior election must be acknowledged as fraudulent, and steps must be taken to prosecute the fraudsters and restore integrity to the system.
Sedate. The adagio (2nd movement) from his clarinet concerto.
And a bit…less sedate. Last movement of his Symphony #41 which is the last one he wrote.
(Don’t be fooled by the fact that there’s a Symphony #42, or 43, or…well up to #55 at least…as I explained last time the numbering isn’t really chronological. To the best of my knowledge he’s got at least 51 symphonies under his belt (though some are disputed), so if we were ever to renumber them, this one would be #51. But we never will renumber them; that would cause confusion for centuries.)
By the way, that sucker ends in a five part fugue. Not easy to write!
Lawyer Appeasement Section
OK now for the fine print.
This is the WQTH Daily Thread. You know the drill. There’s no Poltical correctness, but civility is a requirement. There are Important Guidelines, here, with an addendum on 20191110.
We have a new board – called The U Tree – where people can take each other to the woodshed without fear of censorship or moderation.
And remember Wheatie’s Rules:
1. No food fights
2. No running with scissors.
3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
4. Zeroth rule of gun safety: Don’t let the government get your guns.
5. Rule one of gun safety: The gun is always loaded.
5a. If you actually want the gun to be loaded, like because you’re checking out a bump in the night, then it’s empty.
6. Rule two of gun safety: Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
7. Rule three: Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
8. Rule the fourth: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
(Hmm a few extras seem to have crept in.)
All prices are Kitco Ask, 3PM MT Friday (at that time the markets close for the weekend).
This week, markets closed for the weekend at 3:00 PM Mountain Time
Is this a break out? Platinum and palladium are up like gangbusters. Rhodium hasn’t moved much, but gold and silver are up fairly nicely (again, today they’re down, Thursday’s close was even higher).
Is the inflation of the “Fern” (Federal Reserve Note) finally manifesting?
The James Webb Space Telescope has succesfully deployed all 18 pieces of the primary mirror and the secondary mirror from their “stowed for launch” positions. That involved moving them half an inch (12.5mm) from where they were before, using the same actuators that will be used over the next three months for the next major phase of the mission.
I was surprised to see that NASA had slipped the L2 insertion burn a day. I didn’t think that was possible; at some point the spacecraft has reached where it needs to be to do this, and you don’t want to miss the window. Obviously, I don’t know all the details…because despite being originally scheduled for Sunday, it’s now slated for Monday.
More about the orbit.
At some point after that, I believe, they will begin the process of lining up the mirror segments with each other. They need to mimic a single parabolic mirror, and that will require them all to be re-positioned with accuracies of less than ten billionths of a meter. This will be done with the same motors that took the mirrors out of “stowed” position. That motion was a million times larger, yet the same actuators were responsible. It’s as if you had a combined brain surgery scalpel/chain saw for cutting things around the house. The mirror alignment is expected to take three months, and the impression I’ve received is that they will be done one at a time and checked with algorithms that have benefited people with certain visual impairments here on Earth (including one that I have). I have no idea how much, if any, NASA will be updating people during the process.
Meanwhile the sensors that these mirrors gather the light for, continue to cool and will also be brought on line and calibrated. We’re still looking at June for the first meaningful pictures, which will be false-color infrared pictures.
The First Exoplanets Not Orbiting Star Corpses
One Last Detection Method
There’s one more, rather rare, method of detecting extrasolar planets (or “Exoplanets” for short) and the surprising thing about this method is it actually has happened.
Occasionally we will see one (fairly close) star pass directly in front of a more distant star; the closer star will appear to be moving faster (more likely) than the distant one.
When that happens, the gravity of the nearer star bends some of the starlight from the more distant star, and that star is “gravitationally lensed.” More light from that star reaches us than would otherwise be the case and it gets brighter as the other star crosses in front of it.
This has actually been observed to happen. Furthermore, sometimes there’s a secondary “spike” in the brightness of the distant star, which we believe is due to gravitational lensing around a planet of the nearby star. It’s a lot weaker and of shorter duration than the main event, but it can be detected.
It seems incredibly unlikely that this should ever happen, but it has. A small (but significant) number of exoplanets have been detected this way. However, we’ll almost certainly never be able to confirm the planet by the same means, because the star would have to pass directly in front of yet another star for this to happen.
But that’s getting ahead of our story for tonight.
Geoffrey WIlliam Marcy (b. 1954) was, in the early 1990s, chasing rainbows. He was having trouble with his main line of research, and was beginning to think he was a failure as an astrophysicist. So he decided to flame out with a bang…and search for exoplanets.
Remember that back then, this was something no one wanted to be caught dead trying to do; it smacked too much of looking for E.T.
That didn’t stop Marcy; he began trying to use the Doppler Shift method I described last week. And I should have been more careful describing it; it turns out it’s called the “Radial Velocity Method.”
He looked for years, and found nothing. His instruments weren’t sensitive enough to detect a small (Earth size, say, or smaller) planet, and there simply weren’t any indications of large planets, either. He had spent years looking for a signal of a large planet, in a large (and therefore long-period) orbit. This is what everyone expected. But, nothing.
But then in December, 1995, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Swiss astronomers, reported having found an exoplanet in orbit around a star named 51 Pegasi.
“51 Pegasi” is a “Flamsteed designation” according to a system invented by John Flamsteed in the early 1700s; he essentially numbered the stars in each constellation, and 51 Pegasi is a star in the constellation Pegasus. Almost every naked-eye-visible star visible from England got a Flamsteed number. This includes stars that already had a Bayer designation (constellation name plus a Greek letter). For instance Betelgeuse, Alpha Orinonis, is also 58 Orionis according to the Flamsteed designation.
The upshot is that 51 Pegasi is a faint star, but is visible to the naked eye (barely) on a very dark night far away from city lights. In fact, it’s of almost exactly the same spectral class as our Sun; it’s a G2IV whereas our Sun is a G2V. It’s believed to be a bit older (6.1-8.1 billion years versus 4.6 billion) than our Sun.
But it’s a nice, ordinary star, maybe getting a bit long in the tooth, but a nice, ordinary star. Not some pulsar corpse of a star, made of solid neutronium, spewing massive amounts of radiation everywhere like a firehose as it spins like a top hundreds of times a second!
The planet was immediately designated 51 Pegasi b (according to that convention I complained about two weeks ago), and it fell to Marcy and his team mates to confirm it.
Which they almost immediately did.
It didn’t take long to do so. They were able to watch it orbit 51 Pegasi a couple of times, because this planet (originally dubbed Bellerophon, after the mythic rider of Pegasus, but now called Dimidium), has a 4.23 day year. So they could look for a Doppler “wobble” with that period, and they found it, immediately.This is a damned short year. Mercury is the closest planet to our Sun, and its year is 88 days.
In other words, no one expected such a short year, from any sort of planet.
But that wasn’t the biggest surprise. The planet’s mass is 0.46 Jupiter masses; in other words, it’s more massive than Saturn. It’s a gas giant!
OK, now if you remember back two weeks, I described what we expected a “typical” planetary system to look like…based on our own. And the gas giants should be far away from their stars. Not just because that’s what we see here, but because there’s simply no way they could form any closer to a star; it’s simply too hot for the ices, and the hydrogen and helium, to hang around long enough for the rocky core of such a planet to be able to capture them. Out at 5 AU, it is possible–that’s Jupiter’s distance–but at 0.05 AU, where 51 Pegasi b is, no way!
That sound you’re imagining is the sound of bullshit meters pegging in the skulls of every astronomer and astrophysicist in the world.
But here was a discovery, from Switzerland, confirmed by a team in the United States, of something that shouldn’t exist.
Well, OK…maybe the planet formed farther out and somehow migrated inwards? Seems unlikely, but it could happen. Current thinking is that much of the time, planet formation is a very chaotic process and planets, as they form, fling other planets clear out of the planetary system, to wander forever in interstellar space as “rogue” planets. Or planets can be flung into their stars. Or into some close orbit.
But it gets better: Marcy and his team may not have bagged the first planet orbiting a normal star, but they had been gathering spectroscopic data from hundreds of stars for years. When they went back and looked–this time for very short period signals instead of ones with periods of several years–they found a lot of exoplanets like 51 Pegasi b.
Within two months, Marcy’s team was able to announce planets orbiting 47 Ursae Majoris (the Big Bear) and 70 Virginis (Virgo).
47 Ursae Majoris b is at least a bit more normal. The parent star is again, very much like our Sun. The planet orbits in just under 3 years at a distance of 2.1 AU. But it is at least 2.5 times as massive as Jupiter. (Remember that masses found by the Doppler method are minimums; if the orbit is tilted with respect to our line of sight, then some of the velocity of the star induced by the planet is transverse, rather than radial and the Doppler effect is smaller than it “should” be…meaning the planet is more massive than the signal would indicate.)
That’s still a bit close to its star for a gas giant. And yes, as mentioned, it’s a bigger planet than Jupiter. How big can a planet get? Once it gets to be about 10-14 Jupiter masses, it’s considered a “brown dwarf” star since some nuclear fusion of rare isotopes of hydrogen and helium can (and does) occur.
(Today, we know there are two other planets orbiting 47 Ursae Majoris orbiting at 3.6 and 11.6 AUs. That outer planet takes almost 40 years to orbit and has the distinction of being the longest-period planet ever discovered by the radial velocity method.)
70 Virginis is a star a bit more massive than the Sun and might be starting to swell into a red giant phase. It has a planet orbiting it, about 7.5 Jupiter masses…and it’s in a 116 day orbit. Although not as extreme as 51 Pegasi b, it’s too close to be a gas giant. But the bigger surprise is that the orbit’s eccentricity is 0.4!
One of the other things we expected, based on our own Solar System, was that planets would be in almost circular orbits. A circular orbit has an eccentricity of 0.0. 0.4 starts looking distinctly oval shaped.
(Mercury is the most eccentric planetary orbit in our Solar System, at about 0.2. Which is why it was possible to spot the precession of its aphelion so easily, as figured into Einstein’s discovery of general relativity.)
A large planet in an eccentric orbit will tend to destabilize things in orbits in between its periastron (closest approach) and apoastron (furthest distance) from the star it’s orbiting. So this is yet more evidence of chaos in planetary system formation.
Many of Marcy’s exoplanets turned out to be gas giants orbiting “too close” to their stars…so we’ve given this absurd-seeming class of planets a name: we call them “Hot Jupiters.”
And they don’t seem to make sense. But they were, for a while, by far the most common kind of planet we knew of.
But…and this is an important lesson…that is because they were far and away the easiest to detect! They orbited close to their parent star (which increased the Doppler wobble) and they are massive (which increases the Doppler wobble). Remember, a nice normal planet like Earth would be undetectable by this method! So of course they didn’t find anything like Earth, because they couldn’t.
Kepler Space Telescope (2009-2018)
Fast forward to 2009. The business of looking for exoplanets is now very respectable.
And NASA launched a space telescope named Kepler, after Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), who first identified the laws of planetary orbital motion. There couldn’t be a better choice of name.
This was a very specialized instrument. It did exactly one thing. It hunted for exoplanets.
It simply stared at a patch of sky near the constellation Cygnus (the Swan, it contains the Northern Cross). It continuously stared at 150,000 stars all at once, watching their brightness.
What was it doing? It was applying the transit method of detecting extrasolar planets.
If you recall, this method relies on the planet crossing between us and the star it’s orbiting. This is a very unlikely configuration (the orbit could be tilted at any angle with respect to the line of sight; it has to be very, very close to crossing directly through our line of sight to see the planet move in front of its star). But if you’re looking at a hundred and fifty thousand stars all at once, you will get some hits. If there are any planets. And remember that if you can detect a planet this way, you won’t just get its mass and its orbital period, you’ll get a good estimate of its physical size…and hence you’ll be able to compute its density. And that tells you whether it’s made of rocks or gas…or ice.
In other words, we could collect a statistically meaningful sample to find out just how common exoplanets really were (many times as common as were detected, because most planets won’t transit as seen from here). The transit method is more sensitive and can detect planets closer to Earth-like if it works at all.
One vital condition of “earthlike” is the size of the planet…but another is its distance from the star it’s orbiting. We want to know if the planet is at a temperature where water can be a liquid on its surface. And that requires that it be in the “Goldilocks zone.” Not too hot, not too cold…but just right. More formally, this is called the star’s habitable zone. This is about 1 AU out for a star the size (and brightness) of our sun. Most stars are smaller and cooler and their habitable zones are closer to the star as a consequence.
The mission ran until 2018, when Kepler ran out of fuel. It was switched off on November 15th, the 388th anniversary of Johannes Kepler’s death.
And Kepler found 2,662 confirmed exoplanets–plus an additional 3600 unconfirmed candidates. Every star that seemed to have planets got a Kepler number, e.g., Kepler 1544, so the exoplanets have imaginative names like Kepler-1544 b.
In many cases multiple planets were detected orbiting a star.
A handful of these planets orbit in the habitable zone and appear to be rocky planets. In fact, Kepler-1544 b is one of them. Its radius is 1.78 times as much as Earth, and the mass is 3.84 times as much as Earth.
There are a number of these “Super Earths,” in fact, many not in their stars’ habitable zones. It’s hard, even with this method, to detect smaller planets. The planet orbits at about .54 AU with a year of 168 days. This is NOT too close to the star, however, because Kepler-1544 is a cooler star than our Sun. In fact most finds seem to have been around stars markedly cooler than the Sun.
Want to see the list? Here you go, knock yourself out.
Here’s another one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler-1649 . This star appears to have both a Venus-like planet and an Earth like planet in orbit about it. The star itself is a red dwarf, so the planets orbit at less than 0.1 AU, and their years are 8 and 19 days long, respectively.
Kepler did a lot of work, but others have been adding to the count.
One system that is famous right now is TRAPPIST-1. It’s 39 light years away in the direction of Aquarius, and is 9% as massive as the Sun–hence much cooler in temperature. In 2016-17, astronomers at the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope in Chile discovered that there are no less than seven terrestrial (rocky) planets in orbit about this star. Three, or maybe even four, of the planets appear to be in the habitable zone. Orbits range from 0.011 to 0.06 AUs. Remember this is a cool star. In fact, it radiates mostly in the infrared, so even at noon on the planets, it probably wouldn’t seem brighter than at sunset here on Earth, though temperatures would be closer to “normal.”
(Apparently Kepler did look at this star at one point.)
There is also a new satellite, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), launched in 2018. It has already found over four thousand candidate planets, yet to be confirmed.
Using the gravitational lensing method, in 2020 astronomers reported an earth-mass rogue planet (one that is wandering interstellar space). Apparently it crossed in front of some star when someone was looking at that star.
A device called a vortex coronagraph has allowed astronomers to directly image large, distant exoplanets more easily than before. Recall that direct imaging works for such planets (the farther out the better; the closer the star to us, the better); I’ve even seen a time lapse GIF of four planets orbiting a star. The Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar has been very useful for this sort of thing. (Seventy years old and still going strong!)
So, we’re getting better at this. I’ve pointed you to lists and some number counts, but let’s look at a diagram that might clarify things:
The higher up you go on that diagram, the bigger the planet. You can see pictures of Jupiter, Neptune and Earth at the right to give a sense of scale. To the left, planets orbit near their star. Hot Jupiters appear here. To the right, they’re further out and you will see a group labeled “Cold Gas Giants.” Then further down you see large planets that appear as though they may consist largely of water, or ices.
But the overwhelming majority of dots, mostly Kepler detections, are “Rocky planets” like our own, many, many of them much larger than Earth (which is the largest rocky planet in this planetary system). And ones very close to their star are expected to have molten lava surfaces, simply because that close to the star they get very hot.
But in the lower right, is the “Frontier.” If there are planets here, we can’t detect them yet. (And we know of some such planets, for instance Mars.)
This is very, very much a story in progress. The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to be able to not only see some of these planets, but also detect and analyze their atmospheres.
What we would be really excited to see is planets with water and an oxygen atmosphere.
Water, because that’s the one thing every life form we know of must have. Even oxygen isn’t as universally necessary. (There are bacteria that manage to live in water near boiling, and others that manage to thrive inside nuclear reactors, and of course there are plenty of anaerobic critters out there (like botulism) but nothing we know of can live without water.)
Oxygen, because if we find an oxygen atmosphere it’s almost certainly a sign that life exists on that planet.
If plants stopped photosynthesizing right now, no oxygen would be created. And the oxygen in the air would slowly combine with other things on Earth and be bound up, much like on Mars, which is largely a rusty planet. In other words, an oxygen atmosphere is not stable, because oxygen is so reactive. An oxygen atmosphere can only exist if something continually creates more oxygen. And although there are some other possibilities a strong candidate for creating oxygen would be living things. It would be by far the strongest evidence we have that life exists elsewhere. Though that doesn’t mean “ET” because that life might just be algae–pond scum in other words.
But pond scum is still life, after all no one accuses Joe Biden of being dead, just demented.
Obligatory PSAs and Reminders
China is Lower than Whale Shit
Remember Hong Kong!!!
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!
China is in the White House
Since Wednesday, January 20 at Noon EST, the bought-and-paid for His Fraudulency Joseph Biden has been in the White House. It’s as good as having China in the Oval Office.
Joe Biden is Asshoe
China is in the White House, because Joe Biden is in the White House, and Joe Biden is identically equal to China. China is Asshoe. Therefore, Joe Biden is Asshoe.
But of course the much more important thing to realize:
Joe Biden Didn’t Win
Qiáo Bài dēng méi yíng !!!
Joe Biden didn’t win !!!
It would be interesting to tell democrats that we’ve found several unspoiled planets for them. And that Elon will provide transportation.
At 300 miles per charge?
^^^ That’s a great one. Betting they were able to sit that little guys up, repeat the laugh and roll. Again and again…
Infants, babies are so MUCH FUN.
Unspoiled, even by photosynthetic bacteria!
They will last, I dunno, a minute tops breathing an oxygen-free atmosphere.
Having spent the money on an interstellar flight, we might as well get a decent-length video out of it.
And they won’t enjoy that minute in the slightest.
Tell them that’s where they are going and send them to the sun
I love that song! 😍
And I love this! 😍 EWF is my all time favorite band.
I’m justa jamming on the other channel. 🤩💃💃🥳🤸♀️☺
Oh, good Lord. I was on a cruise to somewhere and the late night cover band in the club knew this and not much else. They did this every night.
I remember that era! I knew a few mega-fans back then – but your loyalty now is impressive!
This is HAPPY music!
A good reminder that sometimes I just need to let loose and dance.
TTWOTW, a groove like no other. What a band that was. Maurice and Verdine White.
What a great song! Thanks for sharing!!!
My husband looked this song up & it was apparently written because the songwriter had recently lost his mother to cancer, so he was imagining her freely exploring the universe after having left her broken body behind.
I had thought it was referring to an unrequited male lover longing for his woman who’d run off to find a more perfect man & had recently come back down to earth to discover he was still faithfully waiting for & loving her, in spite of her adventures without him…
I think that may be why the song is so interesting – it was written to the double meaning.
Beauty AND meaning in the eye of the beholder it seems.
Did not know that. I like your version too. ☺
Glad to be of service 😉 Blessings!
I would imagine that a good part of the difficulty with aligning a segment of the JWST would be trying to mask out the other 17 segments.
I’m sure it could be done in a lot less than three months except that this is a spacecraft and they do things very, very cautiously. Their motto is probably “Easy does it.”
I could seriously imagine the process is something like: Take a picture of some star. Move one particular segment, take another picture. The one dot on the image that moved is due to that particular mirror. Now move it to where you want it to be. Repeat 17 times.
But there’s another critical aspect, too. The waves must be precisely in phase with each other, or they will at least partially cancel each other when superposed. And here it’s not sufficient for the two waves to match by being exactly 360 degrees out of phase (hmm…measuring phase differences with an angle is not something I ever covered–and I should have). It has to be the same wave crest from both mirrors, otherwise they will be out of phase at a different frequency. So it will be necessary to adjust not only the direction the mirrors point but their exact position fore-and-aft, in the direction of the secondary mirror.
As I said the algorithms they will use for this are a tech advance people like me have already benefited from down here on this rock.
It is my contention that if intelligent pond scum exists, it does not believe that Joe Biden actually won the election.
Key indicator being “intelligent.”
I still have my t-shirt of this.
I wore it to ’80s night at the ballpark about ten years ago and got complements.
In 1986, this was a thing around here.
They complained to MLB about the pond scum thing, and the Cardinals were forced to tell the fans that we couldn’t wear those shirts anymore.
I mean, you could buy them at Target.
Broncos fans routinely say worse things about the f*cking R**d*rs.
Please note which word needed censoring the most.
Baseball people are touchy. Well, other than the Cardinals. The current crop is full of guys who like to hunt and fish.
Not so sure the unintelligent pond scum would believe it either.
And would be insulted to have its intelligence compared to his
My apologies to pond scum everywhere.
At least pond scum is USEFUL!
(More than you ever wanted to know about pond scum — Fish eat it too!)
What is pond scum, or algae? Harmful or Useful?
I’m wondering about the significance of the post title. Is this like Groundhog Day?
Yeah, let me fix that!!!
Prince had a hit with
….but, somehow, “tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 2021” doesn’t have the same vibe.
Here we are! New kind of Groundhog Day!
At the time, 1999 seemed so far off.
MTV ran that song on repeat all day on 1999/12/31.
Ugh, let me guess. I changed the day and month and forgot the dang year?
It’s OK – alright now, in fact, it’s a gas giant!
So how incoherent was my writing?
Not at all!
About the usual.
Wouldn’t that be “Well it’s alright, now — in fact it’s a gas — yes it’s alright, now — I’m jumpin’ Wolf Flash — it’s a gas, gas, gas giant!”?
This would be hilarious if it wasn’t true.
And don’t ask what I’m doing up at this hour. I “took a nap before dinner” and when I woke up, the Blues were up 5-0 over Seattle. This is what happens when you add weight training to your workouts.
Buffin’ up for a new career in MMA?
With this rack? God, no. I just want to get into my summer wardrobe.
If you could swing ’em good, you could knock somebody into next week!
In my younger years, I’d volunteer to be practice dummy. 🙂
Insert Shrek’s Donkey. Jumping up and down. “Pick Me. Pick Me” 🙂
Dang I miss PHC. He had some of the greatest quips.
I miss him, too.
But, you are pretty funny yourself!
I miss PHC and Larry Ledwick over at Chiefio
I haven’t seen Elizabeth Carter here lately. Last time she checked in, I think she was staying with family, but it has been a while since I have seen her post.
K-Bo, is that you? ☺
❤ PHC ❤
This could happen to anyone, really —
Hahahaha …the headline is so true. And he’s actually dumb….cunning but dumb.
I finally got an adequate amount of sleep Wednesday night (after being a zombie at work), but then of course, I wasn’t tired enough Thursday to get to bed early…So back to zombie mode Friday.
I think I need the earth to keep a 30 hour day. But it’s not going to do that.
I am about the same.
I gave up and every once in a while I do a 24 hour awake day to reset my ‘clock’ Other wise I found limiting caffeine to a morning wake up cup of tea and taking Melatonin at night seems to have helped A LOT!
Steve, thank you for posting the Mozart. That movement of the clarinet concerto always takes me out of this world to a place of unspeakable beauty and serenity.
Just as an aside, the Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem is arguably his most famous piece – and as a musician who has sung it multiple times, I’m serious about that.
The thing about it is that Mozart himself wrote the first eight bars of it which is the intro, and then he died. The rest was written by Sussmeyer who was a student of his.
Sort of ironic. In the Requiem, the Agnus Dei was not Mozart’s at all. We still sing it, though, and the last time I sang it, I’m rolling along with the Symphony, and looked down at the score for a little help, and thought, “Where the hell are we?” Ten years ago, I had it close to memorized.
Yes, the Lacrimosa is another sublime piece. I have a complete set of Mozart’s works, and after the Requiem there is a recording of the portions Mozart actually wrote. In some of the pieces, the melodies and some harmonies and orchestra parts are there but Sussmeyer filled in orchestrations. But that initial, incredible, moving idea for the Lacrimosa was all Mozart.
Thank you for posting that.
Jason’s partner is in critical condition, hanging on by a thread.
Prayers for both these families would help.
Proof of the maxim.
HUGE WIN FOR SECOND AMENDMENT AND GUN RIGHTS…https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/huge-win-for-second-amendment/
This is great.
What is the punishment for the counties….specifically the individuals responsible for infringing on the rights of these people??
Yup. It appears to be a hollow, “win”.
Punishment should be meted out to the dumb ass bureaucrat, that ordered the infringement on people’s 2A rights. As well as anyone who enforced it, “just following orders”.
Make it personal, AND maybe bureaucrats would think twice before trampling on folks rights.
AND, LE think again, before, “just following orders”. Or whoever enforced the order.
A “win” must include a disincentive to repeat this BS in the form of a harsh penalty for the perpetrators.
For example, the gov’t officials who cost these folks years worth of income should be made to make the plaintiffs whole….
…just for starters.
Until there is PAIN DemonRats just keep on trying to take away or rights…. AND EVENTUALLY THEY SUCCEED because OUR WEALTH, siphoned off by the Banksters/Financiers funds the attacks on our rights.
How many CONSERVATIVE candidates/causes/colleges could WE FUND if we hadn’t had 60% to 80% of our wealth stripped from us and given to those supporting the totalitarian plans of the Oligarchs??
That is what I clumsily tried to share.
Punish the shit head. NOT the county (taxpayers).
My thoughts exactly.
Costa and punitive with a percentage from the officials $?
Even our dipshit Leftist governor here in Colorado specifically stated in his EO that gun stores had to remain open. Apparently he didn’t want to expose himself to that legal argument. (I admit I was very surprised he didn’t try.)
Supplier of WordPress Themes and Plugins got supply-chain’d….
OK, some redemption here for Arse Technocratica.
Rather than pat myself on the back for current levels of plugin and theme hesitancy, already at “purring Suspicious Cat”, I will raise them to “hissing Suspicious Cat”!
And Thank You!
Interesting comment on that article Wolfie:
Shinzakura Ars Scholae Palatinae
JAN 21, 2022 4:20 PM
Or people could look into other CMSes. People seem to think WP = only CMS in existence (and that’s the fault of many a hosting service) when Joomla, Drupal, et al. exist and aren’t hard to set up in the least. Hell, half of the ones out there don’t have even a fraction of swiss cheese holes that WP does.
IIRC, Automattic is about as woke as woke can be. One might say Automattically Woke…
I think there needs to be many, MANY media platforms out there for MAGA folks and patriots of all countries. Only having a few makes things easy pickings for the left/deep state/DEMONRATS (but I repeat myself)…
The other thing is that the RED Chicoms are putting their ChiBots everywhere, probably sleepers too… That comment sounds a bit like a plug by an Automattic bot (they’re based in SF, so they’re biased in SF, as it were)….
I am ‘Computer Challenged’ so I just put that out there to generate more informed comments.
And I agree, we NEED a CONSERVATIVE ‘ecosystem’ from a Paypal type wire serves to banks to groc stores…. Steve Bannon and a group are working on that but it involved a ‘Cripto Currency’ so it gets a side-eye and pass from me.
Mike Lindell has something I like better a market place for small entrepeneurs but I can not find it. His bank is ‘Debanking’ it and his company and his charity to help addicts. Supposedly it is a ‘Republican’ bank. 🙄
Crypto Currency is a bridge too far for me.
Crypto is EXACTLY where the COMMIES want us to go!
If it is online it can be TRACK and WORSE DEPLATFORMED… OPPS there went my savings/paycheck…
I really do not like Bankster Script but at least it is untrackable and you can still use it when the internet goes down.
Lindell’s “My Store” perhaps?
Hot Jupiters really are pretty freaky, but maybe gravity is really is that damn good at keeping hydrogen down on the local farm and away from those big city lights!
I was thinking of how they would likely be egg-shaped.
Or here’s a more interesting scenario (which applies to a solid body though):
Become tidally locked and egg shaped (prolate), solidify, then migrate to a different orbit. Now the atmosphere and water will tend to congregate at the long ends (if the orbit is closer) or the skinny middle part (if the orbit is further).
If you’re thinking this is familiar, I am describing Larry Niven’s Jinx, an earth-size-plus moon of a gas giant orbiting Sirius.
He missed out on one thing; I bet there’d be a LOT of earthquakes there, because the moon would be trying to become more spherical over time. (I cannot fault him for that; it was the 1960s when he wrote most of that series; we didn’t know how volcanic Io was just from “normal” tidal stresses.)
Those hydrogens changin’ their names to “Kitty” and workin’ in saloons….
Note section 3.5……
*sigh* It’s about Virgin Orbit having photographers.
More Baby Steps.
New Hampshire Seeks to Make Ivermectin an Alternative COVID Treatment Under Law (theepochtimes.com)
New Hampshire Seeks to Make Ivermectin an Alternative COVID Treatment Under Law
New Hampshire is poised to become the first state in the United States to make Ivermectin available as an over the counter medication and sanction it as a protected treatment for COVID-19, under a bill before the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee.
While similar bills proposed in three other states have been ill received, the primary sponsor of the New Hampshire bill told The Epoch Times she expects a slightly amended version to garner enough votes from the Republican majority committee to send it for approval to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
The House has already shown support for other COVID-related bills including statewide bans against both government and private-imposed mandates related to the virus.
“I have absolutely no doubt lives will be saved if human grade Ivermectin was available to COVID patients,” state Republican Rep. Leah Cushman, also a registered nurse, told The Epoch Times about her proposed bill HB3005.
‘Dangerous’ Says Doctor
But Dr. David Levine of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said that prescribing Ivermectin is “dangerous and totally out of line with standard of medical care around the world.”
“I would never want this medication prescribed to myself or my family and would take legal action against anyone who recommended this to my loved ones,” Levine wrote in his written testimony on the bill.
Dr. William Palmer, governor of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American College of Physicians, who also submitted written testimony on the bill, said he was concerned that if passed it would have the potential to overwhelm the state’s health care system with cases of “Ivermectin-induced side effects.”
Dr. Paul Marik, neurocritical care doctor who has published more than 600 peer review papers in his field, testified that Ivermectin, “is one of the safest drugs on the face on this planet.”
According to Marik human-grade Ivermectin is approved for the treatment of viruses in 79 countries.
Quoting the World Health Organization’s own data, Marik pointed out that 3.7 billion doses have been dispensed to humans since its discovery in 1987 as an anti-parasitic drug.
“So somehow Japanese people, Indian people, Brazilian people can tolerate it safely but it’s toxic in Americans. You have to be kidding,” Marik said.
Marik, who is a co-founder of the physician-comprised advocacy group Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), recently resigned from his position at the Eastern Virginia Medical School over his legal battles with the hospital for treating COVID patients with Ivermectin and other alternative medications.
He faced disciplinary action by medical licensing boards for promoting alternative treatments of other diseases.
‘Successful’ Says Another
Marik cited several studies in his testimony that he said definitively proved Ivermectin has both viricudal and anti-inflammatory properties and that it has already been treated successfully used to treat deadly diseases like the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other similar viruses to the SARS-CoV-2 RNA viruses that causes COVID-19.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study entitled “Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19.”
“[Ivermectin] kills the virus so any assumption it doesn’t is false propaganda,” said Marik.
Cushman told The Epoch Times that in an effort to appease some concerns expressed about the bill she has submitted amendments to it include notices with any dispensary for human use that it is considered an “off label” use for treating COVID and also to create a state tracking system of any adverse reactions experienced by anyone who takes human-grade Ivermectin.
As it is now Ivermectin, which has been touted by a number scientific studies both in the United States and abroad as an effective treatment of COVID-19, is currently available as an anti-parasitic treatment for animals.
To obtain pharmacy-grade Ivermectin, Americans have to either order it from an on-line pharmacy in another country or get a prescription from a doctor.
Causing Controversy Elsewhere
Several U.S. doctors who have prescribed Ivermectin for COVID patients have either already had their licenses stripped or been suspended.
In Florida and Arizona, two COVID patients died after their families lost legal bids to force hospitals to treat their loved ones with Ivermectin.
A bill similar to the New Hampshire proposal was recently introduced in Indiana before it’s mostly Republican Health Committee, However, the bill drew an overwhelming amount of criticism from state medical officials who called it dangerous.
“This bill would set a dangerous precedent by having the government substitute its own medical advice for that of a trained, health care professional,” vice president of the Indiana Pharmacists Association Darren Covington stated in written testimony against the bill.
Wisconsin physician Pierre Kory, among the few to testify in support of the Indiana bill, estimates that a treatment that includes Ivermectin could reduce COVID-19 deaths by about 75 percent.
In October, Arizona Republican Senator Kelly Townsed introduced a bill that would ban pharmacists from refusing to fill Ivermectin for “off-label” use during public health emergencies.
Earlier in Pennsylvania, GOP Rep. Dawn Keefer introduced a bill that would allow doctors to write prescriptions of Ivermectin as well as hydroxychloroquine sulfate for the treatment of COVID-19.
Neither bill has yet to leave committee.
In Alaska, lawmakers have discussed the idea for a bill that promotes Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID, but so far no bill on the issue has been introduced in the Last Frontier state.
Doctors are still virtue signaling like mad to these top-comped membership organizations and boards, which are in turn seeking media attaboys for fake relevance.
The memberships need to cast these toads into irrelevance with some good old Alinsky ridicule wrapped around stones of Truth.
ANYONE who had advocated for Ivermectin as a treatment and then had that Loved one DIE because the doctor/Hospital/Pharmacy REFUSED….
SHOULD SUE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM!
Surrounded by patients with terminal illnesses, their families, and fellow Americans who have lost loved ones to fatal diseases, President Donald Trump signed a federal Right to Try into law today, protecting terminally ill patients’ right to try medicines that have not yet been approved by the federal government for market.
Actually I want to see them tried for MURDER! At a minimum MANSLAUGHTER!
Could a Doctor Be So Negligent That it is Considered Murder?
The key phrase is “… absent some unusual extenuating circumstances that would establish a motive, intent is usually not present…..”
MOTIVE – CAN YOU SAY MONEY??
US Government Pays Hospitals More For Patients Treated With Remdesivir
GEE – NO TREATMENT until the patient is critical then remdesivir & a ventilator ===> DEATH!
Bloomberg: Coronavirus Ventilator Death Rate: Study Shows 9/10 Don’t Make It…
$13,000 – Covid diagnosis
$39,000 – Ventilator
20% bonus – Remdesivir instead of HCQ or Ivermectin + Zinc, vitamins C & D
And it doesn’t end there.
This was republished with permission from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
December 20 2021 Biden’s Bounty on Your Life: Hospitals’ Incentive Payments for COVID-19
…..As exposed in audio recordings, hospital executives in Arizona admitted meeting several times a week to lower standards of care, with coordinated restrictions on visitation rights. Most COVID-19 patients’ families are deliberately kept in the dark about what is really being done to their loved ones.
The combination that enables this tragic and avoidable loss of hundreds of thousands of lives includes
(1) The CARES Act, which provides hospitals with bonus incentive payments for all things related to COVID-19 (testing, diagnosing, admitting to hospital, use of remdesivir and ventilators, reporting COVID-19 deaths, and vaccinations) and
(2) waivers of customary and long-standing patient rights by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
In 2020, the Texas Hospital Association submitted requests for waivers to CMS. According to Texas attorney Jerri Ward, “CMS has granted ‘waivers’ of federal law regarding patient rights. Specifically, CMS purports to allow hospitals to violate the rights of patients or their surrogates with regard to medical record access, to have patient visitation, and to be free from seclusion.” She notes that “rights do not come from the hospital or CMS and cannot be waived, as that is the antithesis of a ‘right.’ The purported waivers are meant to isolate and gain total control over the patient and to deny patient and patient’s decision-maker the ability to exercise informed consent.”
Creating a “National Pandemic Emergency” provided justification for such sweeping actions that override individual physician medical decision-making and patients’ rights. The CARES Act provides incentives for hospitals to use treatments dictated solely by the federal government under the auspices of the NIH. These “bounties” must paid back if not “earned” by making the COVID-19 diagnosis and following the COVID-19 protocol.
The hospital payments include:
CMS implemented “value-based” payment programs that track data such as how many workers at a healthcare facility receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Now we see why many hospitals implemented COVID-19 vaccine mandates. They are paid more….
…. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…. Where have I hear that before??? OH YEAH! — ATTORNEY THOMAS RENZ “We Got Them. Fact Check This!” ALL NEW WHISTLEBLOWER INFO
𝕊𝕠 𝕪𝕖𝕒𝕙 𝕄𝕆𝕋𝕀𝕍𝔼 𝔽𝕆ℝ 𝕄𝕌ℝ𝔻𝔼ℝ 𝕎ℝ𝕀𝕋 𝕃𝔸ℝ𝔾𝔼 𝔸ℕ𝔻 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝕐 𝕂ℕ𝔼𝕎 𝕋ℍ𝔼 ℝ𝔼𝕊𝕌𝕃𝕋𝕊!
There is ZERO wiggle room, no way to DENY they KNEW they were causing harm!!
The medical fraud aspects of the whole thing are becoming apparent…
The legal forces against that fraud are gearing up…..
Political Moonshine was deeply involved with that effort…..
Suddenly he goes offline, looking like it’s due to a vaccine mandate…..
But it could also be that his FRAUD stuff is “going live”…..
And THAT may be a part of why there is so much back-off.
I sure hope his Fraud investigations are ‘going LIVE’
DA’s from around the country should send staff to you for evidence, Gail
Actually all they have to do is look at the evidence Reiner Füllmich and his Lawyers and Scientists an Doctors have amassed.
Here is a new one!
Dec 11, 2021 — Reiner Fuellmich: Suing The Powers That Be For “Crimes Against Humanity”
No WONDER Biden’s Sec of State was having HYSTERICS on CNN about The Precinct Committee Strategy, re-districting BY Conservatives (not RINOS) and the putting up of CONSERVATIVE PROSECUTORS!
1:55 to 3:20 minutes
What connects all the different pharmaceutical companies that are manufacturing covid vaccine? Bill Gates. Who has all the patent ? Fauci and the other scientists from the gain of function. Forgot their names.
Who wants to change the world Klaus Schwab and his 1%ters . Looks to me that the big wigs carved up the pie and each was assigned a part how to achieve world domination- dictatorship.
Depopulation is part of their crazy undertaking.
They are moving into technology to change humanity.
Human – robots. I feel this is right out of Dr Who series from TV. They are on their way to destroy humanity and they are going to use useful idiots communists. They do not know but they will be on the chopping block also. Only metaphorical speaking.
I am slow but I am beginning to see the picture.
Georgia Guide stones: 500,000,000 people MAX.
That is the number they want as scientists and personal slaves. The KNOW they can not DOMINATE more than that.
Yes they would not be able. How can we let that happen? This is so criminal. The people who should help to fight this are totally under the spell and do not realize this is happening.
They ever kill one of mine, they will find they have encountered the most implacable enemy they could ever find.
equivalent to killing Jews in astwicz and then taking the gold from their teeth?
or maybe taking the teeth out before killing them
I swear if I hear one more dumbass say the words “human-grade” Ivermectin I WILL explode!
It’s the same damned medicine!
“human-grade” Ivermectin means in PILL FORM instead of in a paste. However at this point I think I trust VET grade over Medical grade. 🙄
It’s more likely to contain, y’know, ivermectin….
And really, the paste isn’t THAT bad
IIRC there were different brands and formulations of paste, some perfectly good for us hairless apes, others not so much.
It’s ivermectin without the added ingredients only horses can tolerate. IIRC you had to be careful which brand you bought at Tractor Supply Company for that reason.
But that’s a doggone mouthful.
To a logical-thinking human, yes, but to the sheeple, “human-grade” brings to mind a fear or deception that Ivermectin might be dangerous.
Subtle, but effective, sort of a Piglosia wrap(ped)-up smear…
And the Karens and maskholes will use that for all it’s worth, and then some…..
No Zimecterin Gold. But it’s interesting that the clear injectable has different dosages for cattle & swine. The cattle dosage is 1ml/110 pounds (what we would take) but for swine it’s 75lbs.
I offered a friend who does not live near me Ivermectin. She does not want it because it’s from India does not trust it. Mind you she is on all kind of meds and would not surprise me if it’s made in China.
I offered her Zelenko Z-Stack I bought 6 months worth. Lets see if she takes it. She is wasting away living alone. I would go and help her even though it is a 6 hour drive but she is afraid getting covid.
She is a very good person and it breaks my heart what covid and fear mongering isolation has done to people.
Doesn’t she realize that the generics are often, perhaps mainly, manufactured in India? My generic albuterol, from my regular online pharmacy (retired teacher’s package), is under the Cipla, USA umbrella. But on the box it says manufactured FOR Cipla, USA – in India. My latest “parcel” has Cipla Azithromycin.
All you can do is offer, which was so great of you. At this point people are either open to seeing what’s all around them, or their eyes glaze over.
I suspect she’s thinking that at least the stuff manufactured in India for export to here has to meet US regulatory standards, whereas direct mail order doesn’t.
(Yeah, well we know what THOSE are worth now, so now we can quit laughing.)
It’s amazing isn’t it how the 200+ million souls in Uttar Pradesh managed to knock this out with meds manufactured in-house. 🤔
(Oh, but they must all be horses!)
She is a Trumper and conservative. Loves this country came for my citizenship at the courthouse . She knows all about the jab .
I offer her now Zelenko Z-Pack and some of the stash I have. I pray she takes it. If she needs food i send her some i even would bake bread and send it overnight.
What a great friend you are. 😊
That is what friendship is all about and used to be normal. Now it is not so normal anymore.
She did not take on my offer and opted on Horse Ivermectin that the other. Pride does not allow a person to accept help. I know I discovered that about myself and am working on changing it. God sends us people to help and when we do not take it we do not allow God to help us. I know it is so simple but very hard.
But the Ivermectin IS the same. Same dosing by weight, everything.
It’s leftist bullcrap to say otherwise.
Yeah it’s one of those careful distinctions that gets elided. But I’m not going to buy that this MUST be malicious, because I hear the same distinction not being made all the time in other contexts.
I’ve heard doctors, medical people in general, and even street repairmen refer to a chemical by one piece of it. “What’s that (as I’m being injected before an MRI)?” “Gadolinium.”
No it isn’t, it is some sort of *compound* of gadolinium, more than likely dilute in a solution. Gadolinium would be a chunk of metal, and it would hurt like hell going in because you’d have to hammer it in.
“What are you spreading on the roads?” “Calcium.”
Again, NO; calcium is a metal. One that would be a very bad idea to spread on the roads; as soon as it got wet, it would react and the water would release hydrogen gas…and you wouldn’t want to be around when that ignited. No, they’re spreading calcium chloride (similar to salt), again in solution.
So “ivermectin” is going to be anything that has ivermectin in it, and thus because they’re slobs with fine distinctions, that means there are different kinds of ivermectin, when you hold their feet to the fire and force them to make distinctions. It’s wrong, but we’re stuck with it. And the people doing it don’t realize it most of the time; because they heard someone who really should have known better say the same thing.
Just like metal plating. Gilt by association 🙂
But that’s what the left are trying to do. Give the impression of “Animal Medication” when such is NOT the fact in this case…
She’d thought through the safety aspect and went down the up escalator.
Good job she didn’t try it the other way ’round 😀
(Up the down staircase 🙂 )…..
It seems she was already being reported by the guard?
A little background for this clip. It’s from the movie The Dish, which deals with the very large radio telescope at Parkes Australia. This was (and still is) used by NASA for communicating with space probes; it actually was the receiving dish when Neil Armstrong took that One Small Step. The Dish deals with the events in Parkes at that time…I won’t spoil it.
So the US Ambassador was in that town, and the crowd had just listened to the Australian national anthem. So now it’s time to reciprocate and play The Star Spangled Banner.
(Edit: And of course Hollywood (or actually the Oz version thereof; it’s an Aussie movie) embellished certain aspects of the story…it turns out Parkes didn’t cover the actual one small step, but did cover later parts of the moon walk…and did do it under the conditions described. But other aspects of the story (again I shan’t spoil it) were invented.)
That police officer could not move. She was really out of shape.
Loved the kid 🙂
Verse of the Day for Saturday, January 22, 2022
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Romans 10:10 (KJV)
BE MY VOICE
BABY LIVES MATTER
PRAYING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
Father God, I now follow your command to put on the full armor of God, because my battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the unseen world.
I first pray on the Belt of Truth that it may be buckled around my waist, may I be centered and encircled by your truth dear Lord. Hem me inside all that is true and right, and may I be protected and held up by the truth of your living word, in my Lord Jesus name.
I pray on the Breastplate of righteousness, please protect my vital organs and my inner man, cover my integrity, my spirit, and my soul. Guard my heart for it is the wellspring of life, please strengthen and guard the most vulnerable places in my life with that which is right, good, and noble that I might not receive a fatal blow from the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.
I pray on the Gospel Shoes of Peace. I choose to stand in the shoes of your good news, and on the firm foundation of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the solid eternal rock. All other ground is sinking sand, I pray that I will not slip or fall, but that my feet would be firmly fitted on your lordship, my Lord Jesus. I choose to stand on you, so that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, the eternal Rock of Ages. I receive your holy peace now my Lord, from the sole of my feet to the crown of my head, in my Lord Jesus name.
I pray the Shield of Faith into my hand now. As I take up the shield of faith, I ask that you might extinguish every dart and arrow, that is launched from the enemy to take me down spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and every attempt of the enemy to destroy my joy. I ask that my faith in you would make it flame out. Extinguish every flaming arrow that would come against me, my life, my family, my home, or my ministry. May my faith always be out in front of me like a shield. Give me the courage to “faith my fears” by choosing to walk by faith and not by sight, in my Lord Jesus name.
I pray on the Helmet of Salvation, that you might protect my mind from the thoughts that can lead me astray. I choose to take every thought captive, and arrest all intentioned ideas and motives that would harm others, or distract me from your holy will for me. I submit every captured thought to the Lordship of my Lord Jesus Christ, and ask that you would imprison those thoughts that are not of you my Lord. Transform my mind and renew my thinking that I may think God thoughts, and have a sober mind that is focused on your glory. Please protect me from being double minded that I may allow my mind, I reject to live an earthly life, because I choose to live a holy one, governed by you My Lord Jesus, the prince of peace, please have my mind to be saturated with the holy mind of Christ, in my Lord Jesus name.
Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the holy word of God, I pray this powerful offensive weapon into my hand, and ask that your holy word would be fitting for every encounter I face. As the enemy gets close to me, please give me the insight, wisdom, and skill to wield the word of God to drive away the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.
May the enemy and his team flee from me, upon hearing the word of God spoken by the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Give me the sword of the spirit to cut through the wiles of the devil, so that I may discern the schemes of the enemy when he is near.
With all kinds of prayers, supplication, and intercession I pray to you my Lord God as the one who fights my battles. Now that I’m in your holy powerful armor, I walk away covered and ready to face my day as you go before me, and please protect me in the midst of the spiritual warfare in this unseen world, in my Lord Jesus name.
Thank you my Lord, for the spiritual weapons of armor and prayer that you have given me. It is written no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses me.
Thank you Father God, my Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, that I am more than a conqueror in my Lord Jesus. I pray all of this in the mighty name of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the spirit of the vast awesome space that Steve describes here, that combines with the more mundane lives we live on this small planet, I offer this…
DC Judge Orders Prominent J6 Political Prisoners Joe Biggs and Ethan Nordean to Notorious DC Gulag From their Local Jails Away from Families
Is ZH under attack??
May be this one?
I keep getting the message above
We’ll leaves you this as we ponder the above.
Not sure of the veracity, but it looks like a horse race.
“…This may be a shock to Republicans outside Texas, who may have been fooled by Abbott’s carefully-constructed façade of leadership….”
Abbott’s problem is he made a SHOW of dealing with the borders while actually DOING NOTHING. Steve Bannon’s War Room has been highlighting that via the comments by the State Attorney General, Ken Paxton.
This is on a different subject but shows just how BAD the RINOS in Texas are: 12 minutes but worth watching as AG Paxton outlines the move that will ALLOW ILLEGALS TO VOTE IN TEXAS and thereby swing it FULL DemonRat.
Not a surprise if anyone is looking. The only thing that counts are results and the results continue to be more illegals pouring over the border so all the flaying about is meaningless regardless if the intentions are assumed to be good.
The not prosecuting voter fraud while serious should be able to be defended against by new legislation. If not might as well kick of a Revolution here in Texas.
YES, Allen West, Please!!!
Warroom reporter, Ben Berquam, informed last week that Border Patrol is NOT enforcing the COURT ORDERED Title 42, Return to Mexico. I previously thought Brandon Judd, head of BP Union, was a good guy, but NO MAS!🤬 Another pretender, He’s front and center in the almost daily ad claiming ‘BP endorses Abbott’. *SPIT*🤮
IIRC. VSG called this out at the last rally.
I share these exact sentiments.
West for Gov!
Thanks Butterfly. I did not know about that Brandon Judd TRAITOR, just RINO ABBOTT.
Boris Reports: Expanded [Arizona] Canvas Finds 38% Fault Rate (4 minutes)
LOTS OF EAGLES…..
Couple more versions of the straight on staring eagle
Eagle about to strike!
Eagle landing in nest
Eagle grabbing a snack.
Full on dive!
and this Eagles music for our times…
Fisherman feeding flock of Bald Eagles in Alaska!
Several years ago. Watched a dozen or more Bald Eagles soaring around Anchorage harbor. Occasionally, a bald eagle would swoop down to catch lunch. Beautiful site.
Was surprised to see that Bald Eagles had their black sheep too 🙂
Alternate title for picture captioned “Summit meeting”
A quibble…..a nothingburger, but…
The pic of a full-on dive is not a bald eagle… that is an Osprey, which is a hawk (aka Sea Hawk or River Hawk). As best I know, Bald eagles don’t dive like that.
That said, it IS a cool pic! And a quite amazing one at that.
Hope I’m not stepping on toes for sharing this. No offense intended.
Thanks for adding the correction – facts.
You are right – eagles have yellow legs and beaks
Here’s another version of the osprey diving….
Note the dark beak and white legs/claws
Also Bald Eagles have WHITE backs. It really shocked me when an eagle surfed over my truck hood and I saw his white back.
I do not know if he was a ‘sport’ or if that is a normal coloration. You can sort of see it in this picture.
We do not see eagles that often in my location. But this guy floated across my hood ON NEW YEARS DAY two years ago. My Girl friend (American Indian) said is was good luck…. Then we got whammed by the CCP virus.
On the other hand maybe it was good luck because the CCP virus was not that lethal… ONLY THE DOCTORS/BureauRats WERE!
On the other hand I think the world is FINALLY waking up to what EVIL Overlords we have.
The CCP virus served as a college grad level course exposing the corrupt workings of the medical research, hospital, health agencies and politicians.
I was a cynic after the ‘Farm Wars’ and the lying of the ClimAstrologists, but the depth of PURE EVIL surprised even me.
Whoa check out that fish trying to take a bite out of his claws!
Bet he wasn’t expecting that!
Some kind of North American Piranha Eagle Hunter fish, probably.
Eagles have really tough skin on their legs as many prey will try a hail Mary bite. They have found that they can take down drones ,even with metal propellers, without sustaining injury. The hard it is training them to attack something that is neither food or a trespassing eagle
How about a Sauros or a Schwab???
(Hope you’re doing well in Oz! )…
I don’t doubt it, I was just kidding about the fish though… pretty sure that wasn’t a fish attacking an eagle, but rather an eagle flying off with its lunch 😁
It’s good see you Ozzy! 👍
Yep. There was a book about it…
So long, and tanks for all the fish 😀
That eagle has a radio transponder on it’s back.
Here’s the closest I could find to a vertical dive….
an awesome dive….
Florida Eagles Live cams – https://www.nefleaglecam.org
Father – Son Portrait – St George Island – where we have spent many a vacation.