Stand by for a “super blue blood moon”

I had no idea that such a combination was possible, but according to the Telegraph, it is. Falling on January 31, it will be the product of three different phenomena, each of which would be exciting enough on their own. Not only will it be a blue moon – the name given to the second full moon in one calendar month – it will also be a supermoon; this occurs when a full moon is at the point in its orbit closest to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter. However that’s not all: it will also be a blood

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The perils of power lines when flying low

A South African Air Force Oryx helicopter crashed on Sunday, in a part of the country I know well.  The reason for the crash illustrates one of the hazards of flying in what is now, sadly, a third world environment. The medium transport helicopter, operated by 22 Squadron based at AFB Ysterplaat, crash-landed and ended up on its side just outside the Huguenot tunnel on the Worcester side. An occupant of the helicopter said that they flew through newly erected wires at 300 feet before crashing onto the highway, narrowly missing a road resurfacing machine and scattering debris onto the

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Talk about blowing them away!

A very big, heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to all my readers who’ve contributed to Wil Caligan’s fundraiser, which I mentioned yesterday.  It’s been “live” for a mere 24 hours, and has already exceeded its initial goal of $7,500 more than three times over – at the time of writing, $24,925, or 333%, to be exact.  So powerful has been the response that additional “stretch” goals have been announced.  If the campaign reaches $50,000, a third book will be commissioned;  and if (as seems likely, judging by the response so far) that goal is reached (we’re already almost halfway there), I daresay

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A steam-powered Land Rover???

This thing is the very definition of “boys and their toys”. With its array of pulleys and levers and great clouds of belching steam this contraption may at first appear to be one of the fantastical machines conjured up by the great cartoonist W. Heath Robinson. But it is in fact a perfectly roadworthy Land Rover, whose petrol engine was taken out and replaced by its owner with a steam-driven engine. So efficient was its conversion from petrol back to the steam age that Frank Rothwell now uses the car for his daily commute. . . . The custom-built motor

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Shutdown, oh, shutdown . . .

The blogosphere has been having fun with the government shutdown. From Daily Timewaster: From Political Clown Parade: There are many more out there. Have fun looking for them! Meanwhile, of course, the so-called “shutdown” leaves a lot of things running. Peter

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Here’s a cause very worthy of our support

I’m sure most of my readers aren’t familiar with the name of Wil Caligan.  He’s a cartoon/comic artist who’s just run headlong into the social justice warriors infecting the comic industry with their version of political correctness.  You can read all about it, and see screen captures of some of the comments, at that link. Some examples of Wil’s art may be seen here, among other places.  I particularly like the black-and-white drawing on the left, for reasons that should be obvious to readers of my Ames Archives Western novels. Megan Fox reports: In Caligan’s case, he made the catastrophic

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The “Deep State” demonstrates its contempt for the law

Two events last week should make anyone sit up and take notice who upholds the constitution and laws of the United States.  They led me to do an extended analysis of what the so-called “Deep State” and its allies are apparently trying to accomplish. First, the NSA deleted data that a court had ordered it to preserve. Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the

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Sunday morning music – government shutdown edition

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that some musicians have used government shutdowns as inspiration for their compositions.  Here’s one example. Since many US government workers are furloughed during a shutdown, here’s one for them. There are more government shutdown songs on YouTube, if you look for them – not always very good, but sometimes funny. Oh – in case anyone thinks I’m not taking this catastrophic event seriously, I’ll let the Diplomad speak for me. I must first remark that this, the first day of the #SchumerShutdown, dawned cold and bleak; the sun struggled to make itself

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An “emotional support chicken”???

I think I’ve heard it all now. The day of the service duck and emotional support chicken on airlines may be drawing to a close. Delta Air Lines Inc. said Friday it will more thoroughly vet passengers’ efforts to fly with all manner of unusual animals, which often board U.S. airlines under the guise of psychological or medical support. “Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more,” the airline said Friday in a news release. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals

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That thing could take your leg off!

If this isn’t the biggest snapping turtle ever, it’ll do until a bigger one comes along. It’s swimming beneath the ice in an Arkansas lake.  It was spotted last week.  The article has a picture of another big one after the text. That image should make anyone think twice about swimming in some Arkansas lakes . . . you could lose some vital assets, up to and including a leg! Peter

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