Happy Sunday: Hard Truths Edition

Let us pray for the people who are suffering.

Let us pray for the people who have lost their homes.

Let us pray for innocent men, women and children who have been murdered by twisted and spoiled fools.

Let us pray for those who have been harmed or killed by the acts of liars,  deceivers and self serving manipulators of the people’s trust.

We all know  about someone, somewhere, who is suffering from a grave and unjust loss.

We all know about a serious  wrong that has not been righted.

We all know that an act of nature cannot be concerned about human life.

We all know that the great works and best hopes of many people can be dashed into rubble with no notice and no warning.

Let us never be so arrogant and foolish as to claim that natural disasters are the wrath of God, even when they strike a concentration of  big mouthed people who are than willing to attribute God’s wrath to natural disasters… in other places.

Let us pray for all of the people who are suffering, no matter where they live or whom they may be.

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Happy Sunday: Rush Limbaugh Edition

Introduction

Rush Limbaugh is a radio talk show broadcaster. He developed the radio talk show broadcaster’s disorder: a bloated and distorted sense of self so profound that he has lost the ability to accept the idea of being wrong in anything that he does. He has developed a need to stay relevant that has reached histrionic and desperate levels.

Some of the words from his own mouth will be used to illustrate his growing pack of problems that extended into illegal drug abuse without having to do a prison sentence and a series of vitriolic personal attack so foul that some of us want him off of our airways for good.

The problem with talk radio

The process of being a radio talk show host is one where words must fill the air. Any words will do because the greatest failure is to allow even a second of “dead air”. Some hosts are so desperate that they will make juvenile or bizarre noises, repeat worn out catch phrases or do anything to fill the airwaves with noise.

The process is one of complete control over the conversation, of hiding from the public view, and of great and easily earned income.

The problem with talk radio is that the hosts run out of things to say during their first week on the job. The rest degrades into a series of desperate grabs for attention, each one more offensive than the last one.

Radio talk show hosts can be stupid to the point of near mental retardation. They do not need much by way of formal education and they only accept the facts that support their point of view. They lose their ability to think critically, to think of other perspectives and people, and to deal with the consequences of their actions.

Such individuals can easily dodge responsibility for their behavior because they control the discourse. Unless they go too far, radio talk show hosts rarely are sanctioned or taken off the air. Whites can go miles down the wrong road while other ethnicities cannot slip far at all.

They suck the last drop of public respect for freedom of speech. They distort the conversation to the point where people sound like small children, tempermental and ignorant of the world.  They go beyond testing the boundaries of outrageous speech. As they age, they exhaust their limited talent and  expertise, and begin to use facts that anyone can get from the web. Their personalities and mentalities decline.

They must resort to more and more outrageous speech in order to stay relevant. They become shills for the right wing and they clearly are given orders to start trouble on a schedule and agenda that is hidden from the rest of us.

Propped up by the corporations and by their bloated and undeserved paychecks, some radio personalities become so powerful that they cannot be gotten rid of, no matter how they offend the public trust or violate the rules.

For example, the greatest hypocrisy comes when a White radio talk show host whines about Black sports star’s salary. No one seemss to notice that the radio personality  refuses to release information about how they have become rich enough to buy the sports team.

More important, the sports stars obviously have to work hard and to accomplish much more than the radio personalities, at least one of whom could not even finish a semester of college.  Continue reading

Strange Sounds Heard All Around The World

Something strange is happening all around the world. Weird noises have  been recorded in dozens of places and even at a packed stadium during a baseball game.

Some of these noises sound like the whooshing of a giant flame throwing machine. Others sound like the fearsome roars of a giant animal. Other groaning sounds are so large that the very stuff of the planet seems to be grinding and rolling around.

If you would like to see the videos first,  scroll down now and click on the “more” tab. 

The sounds did not start recently. Many of the videos go back to last Winter or Spring and were not released until the world started freaking out over the scariest video, which was taken in a Canadian forest.

And, yes, there are sounds in some of the videos that could be horns. Of course the horns are leading to thoughts that this is it! Some people have not even watched the videos or realize that there are many sounds that are being heard, not just horns. So of course those people want to believe that this is the first sounding of those apocalypse horns! We are in for it! Run for the hills!

Wait.

There are many sounds in the videos and those sounds can be interpreted in different ways. The “whooshing” sound, for example, is described as a flamethrower sound by those on the scene, while those listening on low quality PC speakers simply hear a repetitive whooshing or booming sound.

There are some sounds that are like horns, but many of us who have worked around big engines know that a hornlike sound can be produced.

At the end of this post are three of the videos. One is a collection of several incidents. After listening for yourselves feel free to tell us what you think.

Here is a discussion of the five most obvious topics that are coming up: The Book of Revelation, HAARP, the Mayan Calendar, hoaxers and opportunists.

 

THE HORNS, THE BOOK, AND THE WORLD

Let us remember what is said in the Book of Revelations before those ancient Mayans have us running for the hills:

The entire Book of Revelations is, on a very basic level, like this:  Revelation makes use of symbolism and visions, mentions angelic mediators, has bizarre imagery, declares divine judgment, emphasizes the Kingdom of God, prophesies a new heaven and a new earth, and consists of a dualism of ages, in other words a present world and a World to Come. (Wikipedia Revelations)

The relevant passages that refer to horns are in Revelation 9 through 11. Here is Bible Gateway, starting at Revelation 1. Please give it a full reading.

The verses that refer to horns are summarized here:

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God

–Revelation 9:13

And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. –Revelation 8:2

As each of the seven angels sound, something horrific and huge happens to the Earth, part of the sun is destroyed, the star Wormwood impacts the Earth, hail and fire mixed with blood come down and destroy huge chunks of life, a great fiery mountain falls into the sea and more happens.

Then the seventh angel sounds:

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

—Revelation 11:15

 

HAARP
HAARP is the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. According to the official fact page,

“The goal of this program is to further advance our knowledge of the physical and electrical properties of the Earth’s ionosphere which can affect our military and civilian communication and navigation systems.

The HAARP program operates a world-class ionospheric research facility located in Gakona, Alaska.”

The problem with this program is that there is secrecy in the face of claims that there is neither a secrecy classification, nor are there classified documents about the program.

There were annual open houses where the public was allowed to visit the HAARP array until the Summer of 2010. Now, visitors are not allowed at the HAARP facility.

Not allowing the public to see for themselves is the stuff that makes a conspiracy buff sit up and pay attention.

There have been many claims about HAARP causing earthquakes, tornadoes, severe storms and floods, bird flu and a host of other problems. Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, once claimed that HAARP caused the Haiti earthquake by deployment of HAARP as some form of weapon.

Wikipedia has a fairly good list and description of the  major conspiracy theories that surround HAARP.

Author’s note: The author of this article refuses to play into the “Anti Wikipedia” hysteria, having met several academics who think that the site is a fine source of information when a person uses multiple sources as they should.

 

THE HOAX, THE MOVIES, AND THE PUBLICITY GAME

Some of the sounds are identical to sound effects heard in such films as “War of the Worlds” and “Cloverfield”, which makes skeptical listeners wonder if the strange noises are part of a massive public relations stunt for an upcoming film release.

Geeks of Doom and many others have identified two blockbuster monster movies that will be released in 2012:  Cloverfield II and a fresh Godzilla remake.

But neither Geeks of Doom nor any major Hollywood insiders  have given any confessions that the videos are publicity hoaxes.

 

THOSE CRAFTY MAYANS

First of all, the Mayans never predicted that 2012 would bring us an apocalypse or be the year of doomsday. They made many calendars, and the longest one is called the “Long Count” calendar. They used the calendars to predict future events or to record past events.

Most of their calendars went for 52 years, which was the average lifetime of a Mayan.

These calendars were too short for long term timekeeping, so the Long Calendar was invented.

According to Discovery,

“The Mayans set this calendar to begin in the year 3114 B.C. (according to our modern Gregorian calendar). If the Long Count began in 3114 B.C. and it’s calculated to continue for 5126 years, the “end date” will be — you guessed it — 2012 A.D.

Further refinement sets the date to Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.

“The Maya were highly skilled astronomers who kept meticulous records of the night sky. They documented the phases of the moon, recorded eclipses and even tracked the movement of Venus. In fact, the Venus cycle was an important calendar for the Maya. Their records enabled them to predict future astronomical cycles with great accuracy.”

Now, convert all of that to our Gregorian Calendar, which has some odd sociopolitical quirks thrown into it.  Then calculate the changes that have happened in our visible skies over 5126 of  any civilization’s years, and see how problems with using the Mayan calendar to predict anything are bound to come up.

 

EVERYBODY ELSE WITH A DOG IN THE HUNT

This is a time when opportunists, money grubbers and charismatic creeps of all kinds will prey upon the gullible and the weak minded. This is not a time to do anything but prepare (as we have been warned to do ) for all kinds of natural and man made disasters.

Otherwise, if the apocalypse is coming, then Christians should know what to do and realize that the truth will finally find a way.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE VIDEOS.

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The Perfect Storm of Technology: 2012

 

 

I underwent the perfect storm of technology during the past two months.

I hate AT&T permanently. Their billing fiasco and arrogance have ruined their reputation with me. Comcast is no better, having done a bait and switch over a rebate that was promised, then withdrawn. It was their error, but who cares?

My smartphone was up for an upgrade and my old original Droid was barely hanging on. I loved that phone, but the fees through Verizon were off the charts. I seriously considered going back to a basic flip phone, but ended up with an insane deal through Amazon for an HTC Thunderbolt. OMG.

I dove deeply into Cyber Monday and came up for air with a not so stellar HP Mini 110. After several rounds with tech support, followed by a three day stay with Geek Squad, the little netbook turned out to be a wonderful way to get out of the house and to write and research in better settings.

So here are my experiences so far. Take a trip with me and feel free to add your comments, recommendations and inputs!

 

There cannot be enough warnings about scams and hackers.

The journey toward the upgrade of the century: the HTC Thunderbolt

How the Evernote cloud storage site saves my bacon, and will save your’s too every day!

My adventures in cheap netbook land.

I have been writing articles about “best” applications for the Android for years. Here are my latest recommendations for the HTC Thunderbolt and other hot new Android devices. 

 

 

Stories Of Interest

Here are some links to my stories for the past couple of weeks. It’s been a busy time and a lot of interesting events have been worthy of a summary of the facts. 

 

How I love to write

I love to help the reader with more information and background than the average news article presents. This may involve deciphering an insider’s terminology, looking into the history of someone or something, or giving more background to a complicated article or event. 

A lot of times, we get interested when a series of events is reaching an interesting point. There are new computers and tablets that are gossiped about, but we get no details until the top reviewers can actually work with the devices and tell us what they think of them.

Sometimes, a warning needs to be repeated about such things as computer and internet scams, why we should care about the failed Congressional Supercommittee, and that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is far from over.

And a good recipe is something of beauty to share. The best part is when new cooks actually learn the basics of preparing their own tasty, healthy, cheaper and better food.

So here are some stories and blogs that help to get the fuller picture, along with a couple of recipes that will give the new and curious cook some ideas about basic foods.

 

WE KNOW ABOUT INTERNET AND COMPUTER PHISHING SCAMS, BUT WHAT ABOUT SMARTPHONE VISHING AND SMISHING SCAMS?

 

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT, IF YOU HAVE A KINDLE PREMIUM ACCOUNT, YOU CAN BORROW AND RENT BOOKS FOR FREE OR FOR LOW COST? ALSO,  EVERYONE CAN FIND FREE PUBLIC DOMAIN BOOKS AT KINDLE AND ELSEWHERE.

 

 

FEW HAVE CONSIDERED THAT THE FUKUSHIMA RADIATION IS COMING TO AMERICA AND THAT IT HAS BUILT UP OVER TIME. THE DISASTER THAT WILL NOT END EVEN WHEN THE MEDIA FAILS TO TELL US ABOUT IT.

 

 

STOP BEING AFRAID TO MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY, ADDITIVE FREE, AND DELICIOUS HOMEMADE BREAD! A CLASSIC PAIN DE MIE RECIPE.

 

Europe is going through a little bit of History Repeated. Wake up now.

Before reading this, it will help to read this article, which summarizes some of the latest news reports and led me to write this post.

Also, if I pick up one more troll, I will close comments. Xenonlit does not play that game.

The other option is to do your own checking to see why the rise of the far right in Europe has been making headlines for a while. Aso, I will remind you that I am a  Sociologist by trade and a perpetual grad school dropout.

Let’s review our understandings of the conditions that existed when the extreme right wing rose to power throughout Europe. A great series of movements  put the Nazis and Facists into power and sent the world into a tailspin.

Europe’s economy was in a shambles.  Populist movements were on the rise. Charismatic leaders were  espousing insane philosophies that we hoped would never be popular ever again.

But those philosophies gave hope, cheer, spirit to those who saw nothing wrong with expressing their rage at people who were obviously the cause of so many nation’s ills.

Gypsies. Jews. The disabled. The incapable. The slackers. The unproductive. The sub humans. The liberals of society who preached intolerable sermons about tolerance.

No one wanted to hear of peace and love for our fellow white and European human who was of the right class and, if not of the right class, at least humble and righetous enough to serve their betters without bitterness or demonstration of a rebellious nature.

A goodly number of Jews saw the sense to such speech. They voted for those who had the ultimate solutions without knowing that they would eventually find themselves being subjected the ultimate solution.

The wise and swift ones fled. The slow ones died or went through such times of slavery, horror and deprivation that it is a miracle that they survived with anything like a  functional psyche or spirit.

The gypsies had nowhere to go. The retarded and disabled were not allowed to go. The enemies of right had nowhere to go. Negroes were fine, as long as they stayed out of trouble.

As time passed, those who voted for the populist solution had nowhere to go, and waited either for a sure death by Russian hands or rescue by American surety that white is right and must be forgiven and provided a chance to redeem itself.

And Lena Horne had to walk up to the middle of the audience of a theatre to sing to the segregated black soldiers who were seated in lower position than the captured white enemy who had set out to kill the same nation that their ancestors had been enslaved and forced to build.

The European far right never died, nor did it truly lose any war. It went dormant, patiently simmering and festering through decades of occupation, waiting to rise again, just as it did after World War I.

Americans cannot comprehend such patience and learned the hard way that ten years was nothing to Middle Eastern haters who would try again and again to take down the World Trade Towers.

Americans equally cannot comprehend that Europeans also have such patience and that their far right elements would wait even longer, over 50 years, to rise and take power again.

Only now, the cause of all of their ills, the enemy who must be exterminated, the beast who must be destroyed are now Muslims and Africans and Asians.

And anyone who paid attention to the “Hostel” films can add Americans to the eternally reeking, flaming pile of right wing European hatred and nationalistic self interest.

Anyone who served in Europe or who interacted with the massive infrastructure of occupation facilities that are run by American soldiers and civilians should get the message of the “Hostel” films.

When I came home from there and told people that the terrorists would make a try at the World Trade Center again or that far right evil did not die with WW II, no one would take me seriously.

On September 11, 2001 it happened and the second call that I recieved was from my worst critic. He said this: “You nailed it! You nailed it!”

I said “It does not matter. We are a nation at war as of right now.”

“Oh come on. No we’re not!” my chief critic yelled.

The materiel of war was procured before  September 11, 2001. The port workers and the military knew it because it was one heck of a lot of materiel and one trillion dollars was missing from the Pentagon treasury on that fateful day.

And no expert has ever confirmed that the airliner could conceivably make that last run into the Pentagon without spraying parts over the surrounding landscape.

And all but a handful of frames of film out of tens of thousands of frames of film of that impact have ever been shown to us.

And now, I tell you that it is not Iran, with its nuclear popgun, that is the biggest threat to Americans and to America.

The biggest threat to Americans and to America  is the rise of the far right in Europe and of their sympathizers at home.

If the “Tea Party” could take control of our own House of Representatives, then it is no surprise that the 14 countries in Europe that have experienced rising waves of populist and far right fervor are already seeing their local elections and national parliaments inundated with duly authorized legions of hate.

We are waiting for the next charismatic to arrive. A new Hitler. A new Mussolini. Perhaps someone with an entirely new philosophy for  bringing evil up to the standards of new world orders and new technologies.

After all, it will not be Jews and gypsies this time. It will be the swarthy or the black or any color in between. It will not be the semite who looks and acts  like Europe. It will be the semite who looks and acts like China and Pakistan and Mexico and  North Africa and Black Africa.

And we will have the same old Axis. It will be a European Axis, just as before. But the new allies will be a big surprise.

A big surprise indeed.

These are new times. Old timers and those who have not heard this song need to step aside, because the Far Right is on the rise again in Europe and the rest of the world is just about sick of that and sets out to stop it for good.

It’s all just a bit of history repeated. Or is it?

What The Writer Has Been Up TO

 

 

 

Here are my recent articles and some recent photos. I hope that you enjoy them and come back for more!

 

 

 

My first Successful Candied Apple!

 

TWO SHORT STORIES THAT GO TOGETHER LIKE AN OLD COUPLE!

Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones

Mr Jones, Mr Jones

 

 

SOME FOODIE ARTICLES IN A SERIES CALLED “LEARN HOW TO COOK!”  THIS SERIES IS TO HELP THE HELPLESS WHO SHOULD BE HELPLESS NO MORE.

 

Breakfast Fried Rice

Roasted Chicken For Saturday

Roasted Chicken Gumbo For Sunday

 

 

SOME BITING POETRY AND LYRICS

The Forty of the Ninety Nine

 

The Veteran’s Long March

 

Crook and Roll

 

A Honeycrisp Apple...These beauties have a very short season and they are like candy!

 

 

AND SOME CITIZEN JOURNALIST DISCUSSIONS AND GUIDES

 

How Citizen Journalists Are Developing

 

How To Grab And Keep A Reader

 

 

TECHNOLOGY FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON

Scams! How Phishing, Vishing and Smishing Can Empty Your Bank Account

How To Get Past All Those Techie Buzzwords!