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Global Skywatch

viral success

Two weeks ago I published the health ranger yanks me off the coronovirus fence, sharing an article, a couple videos as well as ten predictions by Mike Adams. Since the outset, I have exclaimed that the truth will be elusive, but the effects of Big Brother’s response will be massively disruptive. Some say much worse than anything the disease itself could do. A couple days later in A most convenient virus, I describe some of the handy effects of the responses to the virus – handy from the perspective of those who would rule the world, that is. Both of those posts withstood the test of time – in fact, search this site for the word “virus” and every article […]

this break is tough to maintain

I am having a hard time NOT going to my normal sources for news. I feel like I’m walking through a wilderness of lions, tigers and bears with my eyes closed and ear muffs on. Yeah, I’m edgy and working hard to resist Going There. The other side of the coin is that my own thinking is taking over. Stuff that has been suppressed is now bubbling to the surface. The READ –> RESPOND process has temporarily been suspended… replaced with THINKING… strange concept… I suppose we all ought to try if from time to time. I’m holding myself to a week off. I don’t know what happens after that. We will find out. […]

don’t bring me no bad news

My daughter’s 8th grade class put on the play WIZ. I loved it… likely helped that my little girl who had done so poorly academically shone in dedication to learn and perform two leading roles… doing a good job of building sets, costumes, memorizing lines, actions and tunes very well. A dramatic change inspired by performing arts. I was completely taken with their song “Don’t Give Me No Bad News”. Tear them up, Grammar Nazis That tune has come to my mind many times in the ensuing 20+ years. Click the PLAY arrow on the right for an audio-only version. You can listen to it while you read on. While not knowing what is going on, or what is […]

Why Bitterroot Bugle was AWOL

I changed my web hosting plan to save a few bucks. It has been a MAN VS MACHINE struggle to get my websites back up and available ever since. Perhaps old brain VS new technology … or patience VS intracacy … or something like that. Machine slapped me around for several days now. My web host encourages the use of a third-party service to prevent malicious players from flooding my website with bogus requests that would bury it and their servers hosting me. Siteground was wonderful, backing up and moving my stuff intact from one server to the less expensive one. They gave me a couple things to do with clear instructions and I was off and running. BUT […]

Bitterroot Bugle post categories

On the left column of every page in this blog is the above heading. Underneath is a list of every category here and the number of posts that fall under that category. Many of my posts touch multiple categories so I check off all that apply when I publish an article. That works for you when interested in a particular topic. Yesterday I was looking for a particular post with my favorite video describing Q. It was too hard to find for something as significant to current events. I therefore added a new category: Q vs the swamp. I went back through some of my recent posts to add appropriate ones to that list, but did not go too far, […]

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Help defray the costs of hosting this website. My annual bill reminds me that I ought to offer you the opportunity to help me afford my publishing efforts. Without help it is around $700 a year out of my pockets. It went up a lot last year when I upgraded to a faster, stronger, better hosting plan. I have just enough traffic that I cannot go back. I set up a donation button below that accepts PayPal payments or credit card payments through them. As the panhandlers on the street say with their cardboard signs, ANYTHING HELPS. – Ted – […]

.22 rifle practice

Far and away the most popular rifle caliber on Earth is the .22 Long Rifle (.22LR). Ammo.com has numerous listings for under 4-cents per round, and as they correctly describe, “Easily the most prolific and well known firearm cartridge in the world, the .22 Long Rifle (LR) is great for plinking and small-game hunting. The .22 LR is also considered the best choice for introducing new people to the sport of shooting, due to its lack of recoil and low noise.” I will add the intuitive: inexpensive, wonderful training tool from cost of gear through expense to operate. You can defend and take small game with these, but far more importantly, you can learn to shoot and practice your shooting […]

New Year’s Eve – country boy style

Early to bed. Early to rise. Get a good start on accomplishing useful things next year. coffee roaster at work wineglass holder bookshelf

Trump tweets smoking the donkeys

#1 “This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.” #2 “By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy.” #3 “Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying you pray for the President when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense.” #4 “You know full well that Vice President Biden used his office and $1 billion dollars of US aid money to coerce Ukraine into […]

a fresh, startling view of today’s politics

This one blind-sided me. I had not recognized the possiblities outlined here by The Z-Man, but upon reading his essay I have to admit this could well be the correct view of where we are in Poly-Sci 2020.   The Trip Down The Stairs   In the year prior to a presidential election, Thanksgiving is usually when primary races for party nominations begin to come into focus. Donors have had most of the year to assess the candidates and the voters are starting to pay attention. The first test is a little over two months away, so all of the candidates have their people in the field. The boots on the ground test is one of those unofficial measures that […]

dam + ladder

Beagle Brain, aka: Scooter, our Beagle/Lab cross, the BLAB, inherited the beagle willingness to follow her nose wherever it leads, whenever she can. Our containment fence was not up to the task. She would challenge it. I would fix it. Rinse and Repeat. FINALLY I shut her exit down while the rented backhoe was available with a dam and its backwater flooding where the fence crossed the creek. Yay! Success! BUT The tiny dam I rebuild every spring to enable my irrigation to draw from what little bit the upstream irrigators leave in Bunkhouse Creek posed no barrier to the little trout living in the year-round stream. My Scooter dam and culvert, however, did make a barrier… One I was […]

busy

I have been rushing a bit setting up for winter which solidly arrived last weekend. I was almost ready. I threw a wrench into the works by starting construction of a quonset hut storage building I decided to ‘need’ before this winter. My tractor operator skills came back quickly on the rented backhoe, as did my ability to visualize re-sculpted earth in useful ways and get grades right from the seat of a tractor. I filled in as a presenter to the local garden club playing show and tell with my carnivorous plants. I finalized the lot line adjustment project enabling us to sell two adjacent parcels just over and under 3 acres each. In my younger days, ten […]

kicking the hornet’s nest

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. — Patrick Henry A good friend and fellow practical philosopher has been regularly telling me over the last few years that It has to break in order to fix the myriad messes that have evolved in our current world human societies. Over the years others who I share mutual respect with have tried to get me into that frame of reference. But that has always been too much for me to accept. I have spent a great deal of myself over the last two decades working to avert exactly […]

personal Victory!

I determined to UP MY GAME in amateur radio knowledge this year. My primary methodology was to work towards passing the final hurdle in amateur radio to earn my Amateur Extra ticket. It demands a wide range of knowledge covering the spectrum of radio construction, operation and transmission. Two unanticipated things I learned from this effort were: 1) I really don’t want to know how radios are constructed… though much of that is required to pass the exam. 2) Simultaneously teaching a class of newcomers to pass their Technician level exams while studying to pass the third and final level was not helpful. Other lessons along the way. The ARRL study manuals are worth every penny and every hour […]