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Let it Burn?

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  Ephesians 6:12 -- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against a spiritual wickedness in high places. As I watch the looters and rioters encouraged by the corrupt, lying, mainstream media, I ask myself why they'd do that. I see t...

Summer Reading, etc.

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    Is the Sun Waking Up? As the Sun moves through its natural 11-year cycle, in which its activity rises and falls, sunspots rise and fall in number, too. Currently, scientists are paying close attention to the sunspot number as it's key to determining the dates of solar minimum, which is the official start of Solar Cycle 25. ...

Observations

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  Wyatt & Doc   Space Suits  They're not just for space anymore - Zombies...again, rabid rats, murderer hornets, locusts, riots and the Chinese Plague.   Tales of the Old West Things were never quite the way that the movies and popular literature portrayed them. Frank M. Canton (born Josiah Horner) ca...

Diverse Topics

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    Captioned photo above: Sand dunes on Titan, 300 feet high and up to a mile wide. They're made of frozen hydrocarbons - chemicals found in crude oil - rather than sand.   This day in history - May 31, 1884, Dr John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal"   Finding the Perfect Lair Full disclosure, ...

Sunday Sermonette

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  There are lessons that we all learn. Sometimes they make their way into popular consciousness through film. And here, it's the subject of the Sunday Sermonette. Hunt your enemies down, run them to ground,  "crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women." But don't hate.   Protesters...

The Story

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STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE for the warrant for the arrest of Officer Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis Police Department 5/29/2020 On May 25, 2020, someone called 911 and reported that a man bought merchandise from Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota with a counterfeit $20 bill. At 8:08 p.m., Minneapolis Police ...

Saturday’s Statement

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Captioned above: The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. The Valles Marineris, extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 kilometers across, and delves as much as 8 kilometers deep. By comparison, the Earth's Grand Canyon in Arizona, is 800 kilometers long, 30 kilometers across, and 1.8...

Looting for Fun and Profit

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I didn't want to comment on the looting in Minneapolis before now because the predicate act for the discontent of the inner city  went like this: George Floyd, committed a felony by passing counterfeit US currency. I don't know how much he had, and where else he'd passed it. but the Minneapolis police caught up with him. Reading the tea leaves, ...

Book Recommendation

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You don't see that many book recommendations coming out of the Virtual Mirage Blog. That's not because there aren't a lot of good books out there, but because many of them don't deserve this level of recommendation that I'm handing down. Meet Danny R. Smith, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective and author. Bio From Amazon.com: Dann...

Checking In

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Room Service & Afternoon Naps   Souvenirs Let's test the definition: A souvenir (from French, meaning "a remembrance or memory"), memento, keepsake, or token of remembrance is an object a person acquires for the memories the owner associates with it. A souvenir can be any object that can be collected or purchased a...

The Divorce from Communist China

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There will be a press conference at the White House on Friday, May 29, discussing the expanded US reaction to Communist China. President Trump's administration may soon expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and impose other sanctions against Chinese officials. Administration officials said he is considering a ...

Life, Or Something Like It

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  Peace Though Superior Firepower nuke 'em 'till they glow and use their asses for runway lights.   Disappointment Our friend and fellow blogger, John D, from Norway decided to support the USA and buy Cooper Tires. Then he found out that they are made in China, and made another selection. John D wrote: "Hopefully U...

Will Biden Stay Bought?

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Back when creepy, senile, corrupt old Slow Joe Biden was vice president, it was suggested that the $1.5 billion that his son Hunter received from Communist China was a bribe for his dad. True? Nobody investigated during the years of Obamanation, and frankly there was so much money flowing into the Biden Family from Ukraine and elsewhere, who co...

Thoughts on the Chinese Economy

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Doing Business in China I know a number of people who are Westerners, currently living in Communist China. I asked a few if they'd write an article on the current business environment for the blog. They all declined, fearing expulsion from the Worker's Paradise if they were labeled as "practicing journalism". They are all in Red China for dif...

A Small Dose of Reality

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The Above Captioned Picture: SpaceX's first Crewed Dragon spacecraft will launch its Demo-2 mission, today, May 27, 2020. It will carry two astronauts to the International Space Station. US manned spaceflight will resume. MAGA.   The Chinese Plague From the author of "Common Sense"   Sometimes you have to Drop it...

May 27

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This Navy Day in History The first USS Cincinnati was a City Class Ironclad, commissioned in Mound City, Illinois January 16, 1862. She served during the War of Northern Aggression/Civil war in the Union Navy. Sunk twice and raised twice. On this day in history, May 27, 157 years ago in 1863, during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the US...

In China Today (26 May 2020)

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Beijing boasted that the final total investment in the GlobalFoundries plant could be US$10 billion. The plant was intended to produce 300mm wafers, a key material in making chips, but production never started at the 65,000 square meter facility, which was completed mid-2018. US chip giant GlobalFoundries has halted...

Flies in the Ointment

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Some things don't measure up to the hype.   Articulation Dodge Power Wagon with tandem rear axels. And running the slick rock in Moab, UT. These Legacy re-builds run somewhere well north of $250K. Would you really take a rig that set you back that much to Moab - other than for a glory shot?   Boat House There is a ...

For Your Review

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  Defense Against Missile Attacks... From back when Italy was cool. In Roman warfare, the testudo was a shield wall formation commonly used during battles, particularly sieges and was used to protect the soldiers from all types of missile attacks. The primary drawback to the formation was that because of its density, the men were ...

People’s Liberation Army

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First, an update on the situation in Hong Kong from the South China Morning Post. Now, THE PLA This is not a paper that I'm trying to get published in Foreign Relations or some other journal. It's just a blog, just one man's opinion. I've received some back-channel e-mail asking for a read on the People's Liberation Army (PLA). First off, ...