The Earth Stood Still

The Earth stood still but did anyone listen?
The reference, of course, was a 2008 Keanu Reeves movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, loosely based on a 1951 black and white flick of the same name and a 1940 short story “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates.
We’re making a muck of the place, so save the Earth by removing the humans and all trace of what we’ve done. It’s an arguable point and was a successful movie.
I’m grasping at straws here. There are bigger things going on here than the mental health of the President of the United States or the White House in turmoil. Like the planet we live on.
Like the environment, or Pluto, or the expanding universe; like dark matter and dark energy, our sun, evolution versus creationism, or nuclear war.
Or did the Russians hack the election or would it really have mattered because the people who were going to vote decided long ago who they wanted. Oh that’s politics and I want to rise above.
For the record I think the Russians hacked the DNC but it didn’t change the outcome. That’s why I ask did anyone listen? Apparently the alt-right didn’t. There’s no global warming, humans can’t influence the climate, and the President they elected isn’t mentally ill.
We need to save the Earth. That’s the day everything stood still. With these guys in charge I’m not sure we’re going in the right direction.

Hope he Fails?

Do you hope that he will fail?
The question is a smokescreen. He’s the president. Fairly elected despite the Russians.
People aren’t wanting him to fail. They worry he may totally blow it to the detriment to you, me and the country.
They worry he might totally blow it, and that would be really scary.
 

Weird Object: Our Accelerating Universe

By Bob Berman  |  Published: Friday, December 18, 2015

Could the strangest thing in the universe be the universe itself? You be the judge.

The branch of astrophysics called “cosmology” — which is not about hairdressing and permanent waves, but the study of the universe as a whole — regards the cosmos as a single entity. Meaning, everything was born together and shares universal properties. The cosmos didn’t just leak in here drop by drop from another dimension, as the steady state theory suggested. Instead, by this thinking, the nature of space, the speed of light, and the value of such constants as gravity are identical everywhere. In short, we truly live in a UNI-verse where E Pluribus Unum rules, a oneness out of which the many stars and planets are free to experiment and frolic.
Read the entire article by following this link.

Musings Plus

My wife dropped her idea behind USAVIEWPOINT.COM  (no longer exists) and created a WordPress blog at MusingsPlus.com.
She’s wanting a non-political place for thoughts.
“Too much politics,” she tells me. “I just want a blog where I can express myself, write poetry, and be philosophical.”
So now her new blog site is named Musings Plus and she will post when the spirit moves her.
Visit and post some comments!

Geese and Experimental Dictation

Every word, sentence, or incomprehensible phrase that follows this paragraph was achieved by dictating to my smartphone. I have changed nothing for hilarity and experimentation sake. Enjoy.
Canadian geese. They’re not really Canadian geese are they?.
Canadian geese candy found everywhere! Right now the light huge o’clock of these walking nightmares flying over my head! I can remember not long ago when Thousand of Canadian geese were flying over my house making a huge wreck it. My step daughter, Liana, came out to see what it was and I bird dropping fill right on her head! I laughed but she said it wasn’t funny!
In England I also had problems with Canadian geese. They would congregation the lawn at Hawk TV Taunton Manor. You see, when Canadian geese poop they poop a lot. And there poop is big. Its in nuisance whenever they land. Wherever they congregation so one evening I want out there with a red laser pointer. Hi pointed the light on the grass in front of the geese and it drove them crazy. They would run away from it with her wings flapping then turn around it and aggressively attack it! It seem to bother them a lot. But it didn’t chase them away or keep them from coming back Andrews.
When I was a kid growing up and Boonton New Jersey, we used to hang around the damn at the jersey City reservoir. Canadian geese would like to that place and land by the millions. But as I found out don’t try to chase him! Because they will chase you back! And they can run pretty fast and a open their wings and a look pretty big and deal live at you and genuinely give you a freight!
Put still they signal a change of seasons.
It’s not bad out today. It’s cool but the wind is not blowing very hard. And the sun is shining brightly and the sky is blue. Nice to get some fresh air. The doctor told me yesterday to keep up the good work. Keep losing weight, and of course exercise. I don’t go to the gym. I like getting Outdoors. I don’t do it enough. But I also sometimes do squats at work.
My Dog bolts ahead and then a few hundred yards away to look back to see if I’m still coming. If I turn around the other way to get ahead. She’s a good dog. Snap Alicia and she walks very nicely with a loose leash. She never talks unless another dog walks by! She’s happy that I’m out here walking around and doesn’t care that I’m talking into my phone. She has no idea about technology and she’s perfect she doesn’t have find my phone?
I hear birds chirping. There is a. And winter when it gets really quiet. But when you hear the geese and the other little birds singing then you know it’s almost Sprint.

Why America Has Guns

With a population of about 56 million in England and Wales against the United States with 318 million, the UK is about 1/6th the population of the U.S.
In the UK there are 570 homicides involving a gun per year. The United States has about 11,000 homicides involving guns per year.
If the UK had the same population as the U.S. that would make 3,240 deaths to our 11,000. Therefore, per capita the United States has over 3 times the homicide by gun rate as the UK. My figures could be grossly wrong or out of date but that’s beside the point. Pay attention.
So people ask why and people answer because we have more guns in America and then they ask again why. And we say this ain’t Europe.
We started with guns. Fought a couple of wars against the British, had a wild west, a civil war, and second ammendment and you can see we’ve always had guns.
Bad people have guns and good people have guns to protect against the bad people. People have guns to hunt, to show off, for sport and just because they can.
The odd thing is as soon as you talk about stricter rules to buy guns, it drives gun sales up. Under Obama gun sales were up. Under Trump they’re down. Go figure.
So we’ll always live in the wild west in America. You can’t get away from it. In Texas even liberals have guns. I own guns. Just the way it is.

The President has a Habit 

Millions of illegal voters showed up on buses to vote illegally in New Hampshire. The President has a habit of making things up and just plain lying.
Is he mentally ill? People are asking.
Here’s Bill Maher’s crazy list:

  1. So called judge
  2. If something happens blame the judge and the court
  3. See you in court
  4. I understand things better than anyone

All things Trump has said. Business as usual is not normal. When the CIA says we can’t tell the President secrets when we don’t know if he’ll tell them to Russia, that’s not good. The President lies and can’t keep a secret from Putin.
So the question is, are these bad habits?

Happy Valentines Day

Yeah, I know, right? Should be a more Valentines type image. But it’s what it looks like out the front door this morning here in Texas.
Valentine’s Day was originally an old pegan fertility celebration observed on February 15 during Roman times. Along came Pope Gladius the First who declared it a Christian feast day. Eventually February 14th became St. Valentine’s Day.
So be a saint yourself and get your sweetheart some flowers or a box of chocolate, or in my case maybe a snowball, then kiss her for sticking around and loving you just as much as you cherish her.
Honey, I love you. Happy Valentines Day!

Flynn Resigns

CNN has reported that General Michael Flynn resigned tonight as the White House national security adviser over allegations he lied to Vice-president Pence over Russian contacts.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/13/politics/michael-flynn-white-house-national-security-adviser/index.html