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In Search (part two)

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  In Search   A Sequential Fictional Short Part One Part Two Part Three Part Two, Continued We left our student of ancient culture at the door of a crypt in the equatorial City of Jor on the planet Calpamos in the Zeta II Reticuli system. He arrived forty days before this discovery on a small ship with two android companions who served as t...

Re Search

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  Central Bank Digital Currency Rand Corp. is doing a series of research studies for FEDGOV/FEDRES on the captioned topic, and the results are fascinating, at least to me. (more here) Research questions: ** What are the national security implications of international CBDC developments and a potential U.S. CBDC? ** How might the mo...

Sermonette

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    Give up your old pranks for Lent...that is today's Sermonette. You're still allowed to find new ones.      Ranching  A Non-Sequential Fictional Short Wey came not as conquerors nor spectators but as genetic developers engaged in livestock agriculture in which stock is left to grow and develop in an enclose...

2-24-24

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   Darth Yoda  The enticements of the Dark Side were just too appealing. Yoda became a Democrat—10% for the Little Guy. The Swamp takes care of its own - ask Darth Yoda if you don't believe me.   Bullet Points: ** The now infamous binder contains hundreds of pages about the Crossfire Hurricane scandal. It contains damaging informat...

Hysterical Historical

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Legends A Non-sequential Fictional Short Everyone speaks of the old empire with fondness, but were you there? Remember that the winner writes the books and paints himself and his excesses in the most positive way possible. Behavior once thought to have been irrational is justified as logical and even kind, given the imperatives involved in...

This and That

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A. I. Back to the need for monoliths...   Archeological Discoveries: EGYPT - Nay-sayers who don't believe that people from other galaxies visited Earth were rocked by the recent disclosure from excavating the temple of Hathor outside of Karnak. (Right) A curse inscribed over the door to the tomb predicted the arrival of an armada...

Checking Out

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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru2tsT32pHA&list=RDRu2tsT32pHA&start_radio=1 It passed for looking cool forty years ago...white leisure suit and all—chick magnet.   Looking at the Menu in Nottingham, UK (from Jules) "Hey, look at that human out there. Do you think we could eat him?" "Hmm, he looks a bit string...

Checking In

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  Bullet Points: ** In a discussion, there was a comment made that we were taught to fear witches and not the people who burned them. I've never been pro-witch. Point of clarification: In Europe, some accused witches were burned. It is possible that in areas of the Americas controlled by the Spanish, witches were burned. However, under B...

Neverland

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    Housekeeping:  I am still having problems with blog hosting. If it drops off-line, it's not (necessarily) because a bus rolled over me. I'm thinking of getting another domain name and starting over, or in the alternative, just packing in the blog. The hosting is not a hardware/software problem; it's a human problem, and it's ...

President’s Day

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  Thoughts on the Day We used to celebrate Lincoln's birthday on Lincoln's birthday, but we swapped out MLK (I'm sure that Abe wouldn't mind). Now it's Lincoln's birthday on Washington's birthday. Most people think more about the bank/government holiday than they do about Washington, who ultimately won the war by not losing decisively. ...

Space Sermonette

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      Bullet Points: ** You don't want to let the camel get its nose under the tent - California, case in point. Do you recall when the government told us that illegal aliens weren’t eligible for government aid? “California became the first state to expand Medicaid to include all illegal immigrants residing in the state, ...

Welcome to the Weekend

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   CRASH  Another Non-sequential fictional short There is a saying that might go back ten thousand years. Any crash that you can walk away from is a good one. What was true at the first spark of human flight is true today. There is nothing new under the stars. Every uncontrolled descent into a gravity well results in an inquiry des...

Decisions-Decisions

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   Steve Couldn't Decide  A Non-Sequential Fictional Short On the one hand, he wanted to be a hoplite warrior fighting the Persian hoard as they landed at Marathon in Greece on Earth at 490BC, and on the other, he wanted to ride a Crabclaw to glory against the evil Phage, 57 light years distant on Gracar 5 in the present. Ok, not quite ...

The Message

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Bullet Points: ** How many countries tax their citizens so that they can send money to the United States? ** There have been times in military history when you were drafted or pressed until the end of the war + six months or until you died. That would seem to be what Russia is doing now (Newsweek) h/t Claudio. The new proposed legislation wo...

Signs of Love

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Arizona became a US State on this date in 1912! Running and gunning ever since.   All you need is love -- and ammo -- and something to shoot it from. I know, you're going to ask me about tacos...but you can get all the tacos you want with the above.   Meme of the Day   Bullet Points: ** Women want to be both resp...

Happy Valentine’s Day

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  Jules reminds us that it's Ash Wednesday AND Valentine's Day! It's sort of naughty and nice on the same day...Jules...yeah. I don't see any ash on that forehead!!   "Man’s timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say, For the Woman that God gave him isn’t his to give away; But when hunter meets with husband, each ...

Historical

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Black History Month Quote: Slavery is world history. White people did not invent it and were not the first to practice it, but were the first to abolish it. The last place in the world to still have legal slavery was Africa. It wasn’t fully legally abolished on the continent until 1981.     Balancing Act “On the one hand, J...

Living in the Wood Dragon Year

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    It's a very woke aircraft. Convair NB-36H Nuclear-Powered Plane: Carbon Net Zero, Promoted as the pinnacle of fuel efficiency for heavy lifting in commercial and military applications, Convair's NB-36 was equipped with a 3-megawatt nuclear reactor. Constructing a prototype of this aircraft was relatively straightforward, b...

Sermonette

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    At the Obama Mansion ** Boers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gle6XyA_l9c British training required them to form a defensive square and volley fire by sections. As you can imagine, the tactics were well out of date. The use of red coats aided the Boers in establishing points of aim and IFF. The British Army, on...

Happy New Year (Lunar)

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  It's the Year of the Dragon! The Year of the Dragon in 2024 is associated with the element of Wood. The combination of the animal sign (Dragon) and the element (Wood) designates the year as the Year of the Wood Dragon. Wood isn't on the periodic table...but in Asian folklore, it's an element just like fire, air, and water.   Bulle...