Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stories below the fold

Second start to the right and straight on til morning

Says Nadia Drake of Nat Geo...

Belmont club discusses the Pluto Probe, and how political correctness has robbed children of dreams of a better future.

True. I grew up on Podkayne of Mars...my granddaughter grew up with Hunger Games.


Because hundreds of dead in ferry accidents makes such a good tourist magnet:

 Lawmaker urges Coast Guard to relax ‘no-sail policy’ to help shipping, tourism


The good news: Plants talk

The bad news: Uh oh:

Carnivorous plants communicate with bats
A large, meat-eating pitcher plant in Borneo has evolved a unique way to communicate with bats that it hopes to attract. The plant, Nepenthes hemsleyana, communicates via special structures that reflect the bats' ultrasonic calls right back to the flying mammals, according to a study published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology .

and no, they don't eat the bats: The bats perch on the  plants and the plants feast off of bat poo...


the story of the USS Independence, and how this ship, filled with radioactive waste, was recently detected off the coast of California.

Before it was finally decommissioned in 1951, theIndependence was loaded with several hundred 55-gallon barrels of radioactive waste leftover from the production of nuclear weapons, which were covered in concrete and sealed in the ship’s engine and boiler rooms.
The Independence was then sunk to a depth of 800 meters, or 2,600 feet, where it was re-discovered by Delgado’s team as part of a two-year program to find and map the 300-plus shipwrecks that now rest within the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

I am reading Outlander... and for background, here is an article on Scottish witchcraft....

The term "old religion" referred to Catholicism during this period (the 16th and 17th centuries), not paganism. Although, Catholicism was synonymous with paganism in the minds of the Protestant reformers.
The term for this mixture of belief systems is "popular religion." It refers to the beliefs and practices of the common folk as opposed to the officially sanctioned beliefs of the Church.
Just as you see a heavy influence of indigenous belief mixed with Catholicism in places such as Mexico today, there would have been a mix of indigenous practices seen in the form of Christianity practiced by Scots at the time of the Reformation.
So, while I stress that the individuals in question were not pagan, some of their practices did have pagan roots. And, that is what got them in hot water with the church.
headsup from MedievalNet


the "WAGD" article of the week:

Is a mini Ice Age on the way?

The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period starting in about 1645 and continuing to about 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.It caused London's River Thames to freeze over, and 'frost fairs' became popular.
This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the 'Little Ice Age' when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes.There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past, Nasa says.The connection between solar activity and terrestrial climate is an area of on-going research.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3156594/Is-mini-ICE-AGE-way-Scientists-warn-sun-sleep-2020-cause-temperatures-plummet.html#ixzz3fogxugMI Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook


Russia is getting aggressive, and the US is tired of guarding Europe.

Europe spends little on the military, and many soldiers are unfit for cambat...this has implications for the wars in North Africa.


Satanists unveil a statue of Baphomet (Satan) surrounded by two children in Detroit.

Catholics respond with a mass of reparation.

Although I do wonder if people realize that Baphomet was the nickname for Alister Crowley, a notorious pedophile... but since he tended to be a sex tourist pedophile, that part of his life is usually ignored by those who admire his philosophy, but alas not by all of his followers.


LadyGaga is back in the news, sporting a fishnet body suit.

she's doing a world tour with Tony Bennett.
who at 88 is still going strong.


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