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.”
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.
Let’s caption it “white privilege”.
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).