Historical Drollery

The Pagans started May Day and then the Communists Co-Opted it for themselves.

The ancient festival of spring included naked dances (Roman Festival of Floralia) around a Maypole, singing, and cake. (not necessarily in that order). Ovid wrote that rabbits and goats were released, and then caught and BBQ’d as part of the festivities. Later in Roman history,  Maiouma, was a nocturnal dramatic festival, held every three years and known as Orgies, that is, the Mysteries of Dionysus and Aphrodite and that it was “known as the Maioumas because it is celebrated in the month of May-Artemisios”. In 1889, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. I have always suspected that the commies chose the day so that they could squeeze in an orgy with the comrades after marching for world socialism – they always embraced paganism as they do now.

When I was in grammar school, May Day was recognized but nobody ran around naked and we didn’t raise our fists and sing the Internationale. I didn’t know that it was a big deal in Russia back when I was in the fourth grade. Back then, we were still doing duck-and-cover drills anticipating the detonation of incoming nuclear missiles/warheads from the Soviet Union, so they weren’t popular.

(the Russian parade linked above was Party parade May 9, 2019, 74th Anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, so it’s not a May Day Celebration in the communist mold**).

**The Russian Federation is a Christian nation and the Soviet Union was not, so I doubt that they’d countenance the old pagan festival.

 

Understanding the Space Medium

This article first appeared on Virtual Mirage eight years ago. It’s as true now as it was then.

The space between Earth and the Sun is full of particles and at times there is more or less interstellar dust (that scientists refer to as interstellar clouds). Interstellar dust isn’t made up primarily of water vapor the way terrestrial clouds are, but the impact is the same. Less sunlight hits the planet when the solar system is traveling through a cloud.

Scientists, including University of New Hampshire astrophysicists involved in NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, have discovered that the particles streaming into the solar system from interstellar space have likely changed direction over the last 40 years.

Scientists are now gaining deeper insight into the dynamic nature of the interstellar winds, which has major implications on the size, structure, and nature of our sun’s heliosphere — the gigantic bubble that surrounds our solar system and helps shield us from dangerous incoming galactic radiation.

The results, based on data spanning four decades from 11 different spacecraft, including IBEX, were published in the journal Science September 5, 2013.

“It was very surprising to find that changes in the interstellar flow show up on such short time scales because interstellar clouds are astronomically large,” says Eberhard Möbius, UNH principal scientist for the IBEX mission and co-author on the Sciencepaper. Adds Möbius, “However, this finding may teach us about the dynamics at the edges of these clouds — while clouds in the sky may drift along slowly, the edges often are quite fuzzy and dynamic. What we see could be the expression of such behavior.”

“Prior to this study, we were struggling to understand why our current measurements from IBEX differed from those of the past,” says co-author Nathan Schwadron, lead scientist for the IBEX Science Operations Center at UNH. “We are finally able to resolve why these fundamental measurements have been changing with time: we are moving through a changing interstellar medium.”

Journal Reference:
P. C. Frisch, M. Bzowski, G. Livadiotis, D. J. McComas, E. Moebius, H.- R. Mueller, W. R. Pryor, N. A. Schwadron, J. M. Sokol, J. V. Vallerga, J. M. Ajello. Decades-Long Changes of the Interstellar Wind Through Our Solar System.Science, 2013; 341 (6150): 1080 DOI:10.1126/science.1239925

There are a number of things that impact Earth’s climate, not the least of which involves the region of space that we’re traveling through. There are credible theories that man-made greenhouse gas is helping to avert an ice age. 15,000 years ago, the northern hemisphere was under 3,000 feet of ice.

 

Photo-of-the-day

Let’s caption it “white privilege”.

 

CH-53

USGOV is phasing out the CH-53 without a suitable replacement. I like them. They define multi-mission and heavy lift, and when they are turned into MH-53 Pave Low Gunships, they have awesome capability. But they’ve been retired. Too long in the tooth.

They were replaced by the HH-60W Pave Hawk, which is much smaller (below).

18 COMMENTS

  1. Well, THERE ARE certain benefits to living rural on May Day, can always make up for “missing out” in 4th grade. We joke, wanna get rid of a neighbor that refuses to fit in, walk around in your Speedo.

    Have some wheelbarrowing to do a good chunk of the day, ours has the no flat rubber tire. Would that make us MORE white privileged than the photo?

    The “mayday, mayday” reference is pure genius for the insane times we find ourselves.

  2. What is it with our military retiring assets that have no viable replacement?

    Like the fleet protection fighter with long legs and awesome carrying capacity as exemplified in the F-14. The FA-18 is nice, but has no legs which means no loiter time.

    Same with the -53.

    Dammit.

    • Because they failed to consult LL and a host of others lurking here…me excluded as I have zero experience in the military. Dad was a marine, used to say many of the higher ups weren’t worth the powder to blow then to Hell.

    • The Super Hornet is not the same aircraft as the Hornet, BUT it’s not the F-14. The Super Hornet (and Hornet) are great maneuvering fighters, but they don’t have the legs or the Phoenix missile to defend the CVBG at range. There was a conscious decision to nix the Tomcat because it was expensive. But they didn’t replace it.

      The venerable A-6 was a good bomber, and the F-18 was supposed to replace it. Yes, I know about the XA-12 fleet bomber that was axed because of contractor greed. Now the F-35 is supposed to do everything. But it won’t. We need to keep building Super Hornets.

  3. Loss of the 53s is going to have a ‘significant’ impact on the Marine’s ability to do their mission. Your white privilege one reminds me of the three impoverished little girls standing on the porch of the ramshackle shack in the 30s.

  4. The retirement of the F-14 was a sad day. The Rooskies were terrified of that airplane because of the radar and weapons it carried. Their bomber pilots were especially worried, saying they’d be blown out of the sky before they got within 500 miles of the fleet.

    Same with the CH-53. Big, BAD Bird. How many lives were saved with them? You expect a V-22 to take the kind of damage a CH-53 can take? HAH! Fat chance. If the -22 loses an engine, it’s LAND NOW or die. The one remaining enigine has to run at 110% power to even keep it airborne. It’s one of the reasons you rarely see them in “airplane mode” because if an engine falters, they don’t have enough power to get it back into helicopter mode and set it down.

  5. The Puritans hated May Day and banned maypoles. The people of England hated the Puritans and I don’t blame them. That aside, I also think of the original Wicker Man movie on May Day. Creepy.

    • “The people of England hated the Puritans and I don’t blame them.”

      Nor do I.
      I remember being taught as a child that “The Pilgrims came to America because they believed in religious tolerance.” Which sounded awfully fishy after reading up a bit more about the Pilgrims on my own. TL;DR, by 3rd grade I was starting to seriously question my parental admonitions to respect and honor my teachers — because of their knowledge and selfless dedication to their charges. This created a lot of inner conflict until my mid teens when I finally became reconciled to having a public face (yes ma’am, no ma’am, I agree completely ma’am) and a private face (Mrs Owens is pretty good and deserves respect; Mrs Dahlgren is full of shit, thinks hers doesn’t stink, and is vindictive).

      I can’t imagine what would be like now to be a kid, or a parent of young kids. How do you convey to your 5-year old that he must maintain a public face (BLM is a nonviolent force for good; all colored people are good and all whites are bad — except certain special ones who are the best; global warming means that we have 10 years to live; masculinity is psychic rape; etc.) lest terrible things — such as CPS — befall the family. Or do you let the kid believe the lies, and hope to deprogram him later when he’s presumably old enough to know discretion (and deception)?

      • If I had young children today, Mike_C, I would homeschool them to be warriors. I have grandchildren, and my daughters do a good job, but being a warrior requires that they become Spartans and not just scholars. Both. I don’t mean “Spartan” in the historical sense, but they must understand that you come back with your shield or on it.

        This may explain why my daughters don’t allow grandchildren to remain at the White Wolf Mine for instruction on a long term basis. They’re fine with skill sets without the whole program.

        • I’m old and don’t care, but children need to have one face for the enemy and another private face. It’s not an easy thing to teach (See Kipling: Kim). I’m not Lurgan Sahib, but I understand what people need to survive in a hostile environment. It’s not a split personality – but it’s an awareness. Go to the Ivy League, get their chop, but always remember where you are and who they are?

          It may sound extreme to you.

          • It’s not extreme by any means. The “education and training” part of my CV is a list of Ivy and “public Ivy” institutions, so I am used to operating in essentially non-permissive environments. I don’t lie, or otherwise say things I don’t believe, but I definitely do not say everything I think or believe. (Duh. I bring this up only because a new friend at a major medical company asked in wonderment, “How do you even survive in Boston?” Not only is academic medicine pozzed, so are the major pharma and device companies.)

            I do sometimes “let it hang out” more than strictly prudent, but that is by design. I have had people come up to me privately and say things along the lines of “I wanted to say that but was afraid to,” or “I didn’t think anyone else here thinks that way.” I think the risk is worth the benefit; look at it as prioritizing global optimization over local (personal) optimization. Not that I’m an altruist by any means (and I am not even thinking of Ayn Rand’s psychopathic definitions and world view) — it’s just taking very small steps toward building (re-building) the kind of society I want to live in.

            As to kids, there is something sad about what you said: “children need to have one face for the enemy and another private face.” It’s true in this day and age, but the idea that our kids have enemies to face is just wrong. It’s not the America I was raised to believe I lived in. (Though looking back I see so much subversion and cultural rot that was slipped in quietly via the public schools when I was a kid in the 70’s.)

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