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Strange Daze: Pre-Christmas-Sales Edition

Merry Ozymandimas, or as they’re saying in DC these days, Merry Crisis and Happy New Fear.” — JewelThe story of the world’s first Christmas tree with electric lights –     “The tree was lighted by electricity and children never beheld a brighter tree or one more highly colored than the children of Mr. Johnson when the current was turned and the tree began to revolve.

“It stood about six feet high, in an upper room, and dazzled persons entering the room. There were 120 lights on the tree, with globes of different colors, while the light tinsel work and unusual adornment of Christmas trees appeared to their best advantage in illuminating the tree.

“The set of lights were turned off and on at regular intervals as the tree turned around.  The first combination was of pure white light then as the revolving tree tree severed the connection of the current that supplied it and made connection with the second set, red and white lights appeared. Then came yellow and white and other colors.”

When Usually Solitary Octopuses Get Together, Odd Things Happen – A crawling octopus that’s not in a hurry often allows its arms to roam a bit in many directions. When an octopus is sitting fairly quietly, a few arms often range out, like little eels, with their delicate, questioning tips. But this behavior is less apparent at Octopolis and Octlantis, perhaps because these octopuses are less relaxed. I think there is a kind of heightened attention at Octopolis and Octlantis, due to the social complexity, and the ever-present question of sex.

Thieves Completely Dismantle Mercedes Right In Front of Owners’ House Hampton’s luxury car was left propped up on bricks, as all four wheels were missing, the hood was gone, as were the two doors, the trunk cover, and even the two front seats.

Nowhere to Go: The big dilemma of the Democrats is they can’t compete with China while simultaneously satisfying the Woke and populist halves of the public. The objective of their foreign and domestic interests run counter to each other. There is no direction in which they can advance from their position that does not expose them to risk from another. This leaves them in a trap from which there is little chance of easy escape. The year 2020 may be remembered as a time when liberal politicians sought tactical advantage without regard to strategic continuity.

Swarm Of Black Vultures Invades Pennsylvania Town, Destroys Property According to Lancaster Online, black vultures are a federally protected species and can’t be trapped or killed without a permit. Doing so could yield a fine of up to $15,000 and up to six months in prison.

“We shall unleash the nihilists and the atheists and we shall provoke a great social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to all nations the effect of absolute atheism; the origins of savagery and of most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the people will be forced to defend themselves against the world minority of the world revolutionaries and will exterminate those destroyers of civilization and the multitudes disillusioned with Christianity whose spirits will be from that moment without direction and leadership and anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to send its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer brought finally out into public view. A manifestation which will result from a general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and Atheism; both conquered and exterminated at the same time.” –Albert Pike @ Barnhardt Podcast #133: The Assets are in Place | Barnhardt

Bee described having mechanical problems on the boat Saturday night, saying the engine was making squealing noises. He went to sleep and was woken up by water coming into the boat. The boat started sinking but a portion stayed afloat, Bee said. He had emergency equipment in boat to send out a distress signal and pinpoint his location, but it was underwater.

“Three times I tried to hold my breath and swim down and get it but I couldn’t reach it,” Bee said.

He said he was about to try a fourth time when he spotted the cargo ship.

Filipino seafarers saved 62-year-old American, who was reported missing and was found in the Atlantic Ocean clinging to the bow of his capsized boat.

A Caterpillar in the Amazon Rainforest Camouflages Itself as an 8-Legged Tarantula Spider | In an exquisite if not terrifying act of self-preservation, the Monkey Slug Caterpillar has evolved to disguise itself as a predator, mimicking the form and color of a Tarantula Spider on it’s back.

The dangerous lives of Pennsylvania coal miners captured in rare photographs, 1942 – Rare Historical Photos

Unravel from Aeon Video on Vimeo. The film looks at the journey made by 100,000 tonnes of ‘rag’ to garment recyclers in the Indian city of Panipat. The garment slashers, button strippers and teaser machine operatives muse on why so much is discarded; one rumor is that there’s a terrible water shortage in the West and it is too expensive to wash clothes.
For 30th Anniversary, Hubble Releases Images of 30 Celestial Gems | NASA  These new images join Hubble’s existing gallery of Caldwell objects, first published in December 2019. Hubble’s collection now includes 87 of the 109 Caldwell objects. For each listing in Hubble’s Caldwell catalog, a basic star chart shows observers when and where they can find that object in the night sky, and a description suggests what type of observing equipment can be used to view it. The individual articles also explain Hubble’s images for those who prefer to just enjoy the telescope’s exquisite views.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in April 1990. After being upgraded five times by crews of spacewalking astronauts, Hubble is today, at 30 years old, even better than when it was launched and continues to make groundbreaking discoveries that challenge and advance our fundamental understanding of the cosmos.

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. The light from a desk lamp … gives a cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious. Muriel Spark in this wonderful passage from A Far Cry from Kensington

daily timewaster: The Horror! Potatoes that were forgotten about in the back of the pantry.

Latest Section of Aztec Skull Tower Found Beneath Mexico City An eye-popping 119 of them, arranged in a tower formation!

Flamethrower drone used to eradicate wasp nests from r/Damnthatsinteresting

 Navy Pilot DOESN’T EVEN BLINK While Flying The Ball 

How and why I stopped buying new laptops – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

Burning Mountain – The World’s Oldest Coal Fire The underground fire of Burning Mountain has been slowly moving southwards, at a rate of about a meter a year, and it is believed that in its entire 6,000-year history, it has covered a distance of about 6.5 kilometers.  No one knows exactly how the fire started, but scientists believe it must have been a lightning strike or a bushfire, although Aboriginals’ burning practices could be a cause as well.

“Bond, James Albert Bond”: James Albert Bond from Devon came to Warsaw in February 1964 with his wife and six-year-old son, to take the position of a secretary-cum-archivist to the military attaché at the British Embassy. During his time here he made a few trips to northeast Poland, accompanying senior staff of the local SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) station, allegedly to gather information on military facilities there. As an imperialist diplomat, Bond was automatically put under surveillance by Department II (Counter-intelligence) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which noted his talkativeness, caution, and penchant for women.

As a science journalist, I know that scientists don’t have a clue how our universe sprang into being billions of years ago, or why it took this particular form out of countless other possibilities, including nonexistence. Nor does anyone know how inanimate matter on our little planet coalesced into living creatures, let alone creatures like us, who possess this strange thing called consciousness. Science, you might say, has discovered that our existence is infinitely improbable, hence a miracle. It is one thing to know intellectually that life is a miracle. Its quite another to see it. Saints and poets aside, most of us rarely do.

A Map of the USA Drawn with Just 3 LinesRaconteur Report: The official governing body in 1776 was called Parliament. In 2020, the Congress and Courts and the rest of the Deep State are still The King’s Parliament and His Majesty’s Court. And President Trump isn’t their king, as they’ve told you for four long years. Why is anyone surprised at this, or how things are playing out? The Continental Congress was an unauthorized, unsanctioned, unlawful, treasonous, and seditious assembly, and every man-jack of them were eventually targeted for arrest and hanging. If you’re expecting GOVERNMENT as it is presently constituted to plan or carry out anything like a revolt, you don’t understand things very well.

You’re going to have to find and BE the leaders you’re waiting to have appear, or there ain’t gonna be none of those.

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  • Bond Back In Action December 23, 2020, 4:43 PM

    Over the summer the cat jumped up on the PC desk and camped out. I went to clean out some section of the nest and found two fifty dollar bills hidden in an old wallet.
    A bag of treats was in order and always be on the lookout for…it’s a trap!

  • Jewel December 23, 2020, 8:07 PM

    Augggh! I saw a vulture sitting atop a garage in alley one block over. I’m not far from Marietta. I read it here, first!

  • Steve who's dad could have been in these pix December 24, 2020, 5:34 AM

    Every damn BLM/Antifa/SJW/microaggression-finding/equity-demanding SOB should be required to stare at those photos of coal miners for 12 straight hours with their eyelids propped open with toothpicks. If that doesn’t straighten them out, nothing will.

  • Veeze December 24, 2020, 6:00 AM

    I’ll second that, Steve. But the average snowflake won’t begin to understand the risks those men took.

  • Snakepit Kansas December 24, 2020, 6:39 AM

    Most of my family lives in WVA. A great grandfather was a coal miner. Yes, looking at those pictures reminds me I should not complain about my office job. I recall my grandparents had a chunk of coal in the fireplace in the winter, and have seen countless barges loaded with coal being pushed up the Kanawha River. Some of that coal will occasionally fall into the river, and it will float.

    As for the buzzards, maybe they stay due to CLIMATE CHANGE, CLIMATE CHANGE or they stay in that AO because of abundant food. Local Canadian Geese (aka Sky Carp) quit flying north probably because of food abundance locally. January in Kansas is cold as a well digger’s ass so they aren’t staying because it is balmy. They congregate 100+ at a time and when they come/go to the fairway behind the house, they unload green shit on everything in their path. My old Caddy recently got a direct hit with so much green shit I could barely see out the back window.

  • John The River December 24, 2020, 7:54 AM

    “In an age where the media publish endless stupidities, the cultured man is defined not by what he knows but by what he ignores.” ー Nicolás Gómez Dávila

    Going on my sidebar. Merry Christmas to all, happy holidays to none.

  • Sam L. December 24, 2020, 10:32 AM

    Red Ryan: I won’t read, watch, or listen to ANY of those on his list. Don’t trust them.
    It was the worst of times, it was the New York Times…but the NYT can get worser and worser. And then, there’s the WaPoo…

  • Jack December 24, 2020, 1:36 PM

    Too claustrophobic…no mines for me, and thanks just the same, but my heart goes out to the men who work those mines. To me, they are the bravest of the brave and completely on par with the soldiers who, in Vietnam, crawled into VC tunnels.

    As socially repulsive as they are, buzzards are interesting birds and they’re highly intelligent. But….no one should have to endure them and if killing them is what fixes the problem of their company, then I’d recommend air rifles. Purchase spring action or pneumatic rifles with a silencer (they’re legal) and shoot a .25 caliber gun.

    Benjamin makes the very affordable Marauder and it will kill wild hogs with a head shot. I own a more expensive English pneumatic but I’m more of a gun snob. If you go with a pneumatic you’ll also need an air tank and all of that stuff can be a little pricey. Sometimes it’s hard to find someone with an air compressor who can fill the tank for you so, if you’re a casual buzzard shooter, buy a spring powered rifle like the Beeman R-9 or a reasonable competitor in .25 cal and a decent air rifle scope. Springers are cheaper and just as good but you’ll have to cock it before each shot.

    Shoot the buzzard in the stomach. He’ll fly off and die someplace else but die, he most certainly will. Kill several of them, keep your mouth shut about it and pretty soon the buzzards will get the idea and leave.

    The ladies from India…damn sometimes we forget just how great we have it here. I’ve never been to India….always wanted to but have never had the money to travel much. I’d love to fly fish and hunt game birds there….but not tigers. Those girls though, so cheerful and curious while working through their day, taking care of their children…never likely realizing the dead end reality of their ‘jobs’ and never seeing any other part of the world except on television. God, I wish I had teeth like theirs.

  • Snakepit Kansas December 24, 2020, 4:58 PM

    I spent most of two years working in the Philippines in the early 2000s. Many, many of the factory workers were religious about brushing their teeth after lunch. Going to the dentist office was very expensive. Simple economics. Also, Pinoys are exceptionally clean people. Even the poor living in shanty towns air dry their laundry above their shacks. I love those people so much, I married one and she has been a great wife for 17 years.

  • Aggie December 25, 2020, 9:04 AM

    I saw that billboard telling me to read and watch all those media outlets, and for a moment I thought I had my sunglasses on.

  • Jack December 25, 2020, 12:27 PM

    Snake, I am not surprised at any man who marries a woman from a country not his own and after my stint in the USN I almost returned to Spain to court and spark a woman I met while abroad. We spoke just enough of each other’s language to know how much we cared for each other but I could never determine just how I would care for her if I lived there so I didn’t pursue the idea.

    The women of India, Pakistan, Iran and Indonesia are some of most naturally beautiful in the world and from what I’ve seen of them they would likely make fine wives.