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The calender has switched.. another year over. A new one just begun.. with every last kiss there will be a final goodbye to the year that was.. disasters and horror, violence and fear.. Hope 2012 will be filled with none of the above. But we are all realistic, aren't we?



COAST TO COAST AND AROUND THE EARTH: 2012 HEREEnjoy what you find in the new months ahead.. 


The calender has switched.. another year over. A new one just begun.. with every last kiss there will be a final goodbye to the year that was.. disasters and horror, violence and fear.. Hope 2012 will be filled with none of the above. But we are all realistic, aren't we?



COAST TO COAST AND AROUND THE EARTH: 2012 HEREEnjoy what you find in the new months ahead.. 


2011.. better gone than here.... as life's whirlwind continues, a short pause to think back to the 12 months of horror that just occurred

Here we go again. The end of a year. The beginning of a new one.
As I get older, I begin to discover that we seem to live the same day over and over again. Bill Murray in GROUNDHOG DAY is..well...us! We are Bill Murray. 
We are all in the same story. We are all in the same loop. Spinning in infinity. Over and over again. Or at least until the brain, heart, and mind give out and we travel to that other side. Whatever that other side may be. IF that other say may even be there.  Christopher Hitchens left our world this year, and he sure as heck didn't believe in a God or a Satan. So if he is somewhere now after life, I wish he'd come back to say he was wrong. Hell, I wish he'd come back to say he was right! Anything. 
I entered the 30-somethings a year ago. Now at 31, I started a new chapter in life. 
My beautiful son was born on February 22, 2011. When he came out of my wife's womb, he was new to the world... fresh. And throughout this entire year he has grown with such spe…

2011.. better gone than here.... as life's whirlwind continues, a short pause to think back to the 12 months of horror that just occurred

Here we go again. The end of a year. The beginning of a new one.
As I get older, I begin to discover that we seem to live the same day over and over again. Bill Murray in GROUNDHOG DAY is..well...us! We are Bill Murray. 
We are all in the same story. We are all in the same loop. Spinning in infinity. Over and over again. Or at least until the brain, heart, and mind give out and we travel to that other side. Whatever that other side may be. IF that other say may even be there.  Christopher Hitchens left our world this year, and he sure as heck didn't believe in a God or a Satan. So if he is somewhere now after life, I wish he'd come back to say he was wrong. Hell, I wish he'd come back to say he was right! Anything. 
I entered the 30-somethings a year ago. Now at 31, I started a new chapter in life. 
My beautiful son was born on February 22, 2011. When he came out of my wife's womb, he was new to the world... fresh. And throughout this entire year he has grown with such spe…

A Grim decision: There is 'no question' the ground is unstable in Allentown cemetery

This is another image from Allentown, Pennsylvania, of a sinkhole developing near a cemetery in the town--an historic cemetery that may now have to have graves moved.
A court order was secured in case Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim may need to make the grim decision on what to do with the graves. Land is being watched closely in case any shifting in soil occurs. Nearby homes have also been evacuated.
The cemetery holds 20,000 graves--including some from the Civil War. "It's a very volatile situation. The ground is unstable. There is no question it is moving," said Everette Carr, president of the Union and West End Cemetery Association,

A Grim decision: There is 'no question' the ground is unstable in Allentown cemetery

This is another image from Allentown, Pennsylvania, of a sinkhole developing near a cemetery in the town--an historic cemetery that may now have to have graves moved.
A court order was secured in case Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim may need to make the grim decision on what to do with the graves. Land is being watched closely in case any shifting in soil occurs. Nearby homes have also been evacuated.
The cemetery holds 20,000 graves--including some from the Civil War. "It's a very volatile situation. The ground is unstable. There is no question it is moving," said Everette Carr, president of the Union and West End Cemetery Association,

Allentown the vanishing?

The land of the dead...sinking underneath the crust of the earth.. Living there in Allentown.. and all the land is giving out.
Billy Joel had a hit song about Allentown decades ago.. a whole new tune may need to be written if rumors, which are rampant online, turn out to be true: Allentown is sinking?

What we do know is that a sinkhole has developed in an historic cemetery in the city. Officials say a water main break is to blame--along with a year of saturation with constant rainstorms and flooding.

But the more interesting part comes around when you search out, as one YouTube user did, just where this sinking is occurring: Directly next to the site of a major gas line explosion in 2010.
So sayseth the rumor: The center of the town is sinking because of massive earth changes--changes which caused the gas line to rupture and now the ground to give way under the feet of Allentownians. 
While the premise sounds far fetched it also raises eyebrows when you consider proximity of where the grou…

Allentown the vanishing?

The land of the dead...sinking underneath the crust of the earth.. Living there in Allentown.. and all the land is giving out.
Billy Joel had a hit song about Allentown decades ago.. a whole new tune may need to be written if rumors, which are rampant online, turn out to be true: Allentown is sinking?

What we do know is that a sinkhole has developed in an historic cemetery in the city. Officials say a water main break is to blame--along with a year of saturation with constant rainstorms and flooding.

But the more interesting part comes around when you search out, as one YouTube user did, just where this sinking is occurring: Directly next to the site of a major gas line explosion in 2010.
So sayseth the rumor: The center of the town is sinking because of massive earth changes--changes which caused the gas line to rupture and now the ground to give way under the feet of Allentownians. 
While the premise sounds far fetched it also raises eyebrows when you consider proximity of where the grou…

On the end of the year Thursday morning radar

Lots of news from around the world ready to astound and confound..True horror in some respects, and in others scary ... It's 2011, still, if you didn't realize it. Party like it's 1999. And hope for the best in 2012. 
Ron Paul getting front runner treatment in Iowa.. polls show him either ahead of Mitt Romney or in front.. Newt Gingrich's "charm" may have cost him the chance..Welcome to the factory. What's missing? Maybe soon you. A Japanese firm has now created the first non human factory worker... it's a robot humanoid that may soon replace the 9 to 5 shift and every other one too.. Is this the road we really want to go down?Amazing article appearing in the DAILY BEAST is hard hitting in how it explain what Wall Street did to America. Writer Michael Thomas explains in vivid detail just what banksters have done to the land we love..Watching war games commence.. Iran says it will close the Strait of Hormuz.. a US Navy fleet may not let them.. let more …

On the end of the year Thursday morning radar

Lots of news from around the world ready to astound and confound..True horror in some respects, and in others scary ... It's 2011, still, if you didn't realize it. Party like it's 1999. And hope for the best in 2012. 
Ron Paul getting front runner treatment in Iowa.. polls show him either ahead of Mitt Romney or in front.. Newt Gingrich's "charm" may have cost him the chance..Welcome to the factory. What's missing? Maybe soon you. A Japanese firm has now created the first non human factory worker... it's a robot humanoid that may soon replace the 9 to 5 shift and every other one too.. Is this the road we really want to go down?Amazing article appearing in the DAILY BEAST is hard hitting in how it explain what Wall Street did to America. Writer Michael Thomas explains in vivid detail just what banksters have done to the land we love..Watching war games commence.. Iran says it will close the Strait of Hormuz.. a US Navy fleet may not let them.. let more …

A year end treat: You want propaganda?! You got propaganda!

And North Korea surely knows how to do it..
Large images of Kim Jong Il on a motorcade of government vehicles on a snowy stretch of North Korean highway. The dear leader perished from the earth after becoming so overworked that he died on a train.. So they said. 
A "clearly audible" out pouring grief took place as the motorcade swept through the streets.. According to reports, tens of thousands of people braved the freezing weather to say goodbye to the dear leader--and then most likely to home to freezing homes as well. 
And sure, those images were "live." Right? You mean, state run media would lie to the world? You mean they would call something live without it truly being live? It was getting dark in Seoul but on TV the light was abundant for the funeral procession. But I guess that just means God is smiling on Kim. Or wait, isn't Kim God? 
I think..?
I'd be curious to exactly created the giant portrait--and we mean GIANT--of Kim Jong Il? You can't just g…

A year end treat: You want propaganda?! You got propaganda!

And North Korea surely knows how to do it..
Large images of Kim Jong Il on a motorcade of government vehicles on a snowy stretch of North Korean highway. The dear leader perished from the earth after becoming so overworked that he died on a train.. So they said. 
A "clearly audible" out pouring grief took place as the motorcade swept through the streets.. According to reports, tens of thousands of people braved the freezing weather to say goodbye to the dear leader--and then most likely to home to freezing homes as well. 
And sure, those images were "live." Right? You mean, state run media would lie to the world? You mean they would call something live without it truly being live? It was getting dark in Seoul but on TV the light was abundant for the funeral procession. But I guess that just means God is smiling on Kim. Or wait, isn't Kim God? 
I think..?
I'd be curious to exactly created the giant portrait--and we mean GIANT--of Kim Jong Il? You can't just g…

Predictions for 2012

The Earth Informer.. not the prognosticator of prognosticators.. but neither is that little groundhog.. so if he could try it, so could I. 
The predictions for 2012. Hold me to them. We'll check in '13 how well this site did in its psychic ability to foretell future events before they occur.
Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Newt Gingrich will crash. Ron Paul will run as a third party... but won't be a major factor. Barack Obama will be the president for the next four years after his victory in November 2012.North Korea will launch missiles to threaten the United States. Kim Jong Il dead.. Un here. Ugh.The tension in the Middle East will dramatically escalate in 2012. Iran, Israel.. Syria.. No nation will appear stable.Lots of people will begin to think the end times are upon us. Not only due to the Mayan calender end in December 2012 but because of strange world eventsGas prices will soar.The stock market will have major upticks and downward crashes. Unemployment …

Predictions for 2012

The Earth Informer.. not the prognosticator of prognosticators.. but neither is that little groundhog.. so if he could try it, so could I. 
The predictions for 2012. Hold me to them. We'll check in '13 how well this site did in its psychic ability to foretell future events before they occur.
Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Newt Gingrich will crash. Ron Paul will run as a third party... but won't be a major factor. Barack Obama will be the president for the next four years after his victory in November 2012.North Korea will launch missiles to threaten the United States. Kim Jong Il dead.. Un here. Ugh.The tension in the Middle East will dramatically escalate in 2012. Iran, Israel.. Syria.. No nation will appear stable.Lots of people will begin to think the end times are upon us. Not only due to the Mayan calender end in December 2012 but because of strange world eventsGas prices will soar.The stock market will have major upticks and downward crashes. Unemployment …

Dumbest product of 2011

A late year decision occurred: The pajama jeans were dumb in 2011 until I saw this: The Forever Lazy.
For the nudist in you.. or the person who still wants to be a child.. Pajamas with feet. 
The ad paints a good picture.. you can drink coffee, type on the computer.. open Christmas gifts. Even go to a tailgating party before a football game. All in your forever lazy. 
Although I don't know how much respect you'd get in a football parking lot wearing a full body pajama set. 
But there may be something to this Forever Lazy frenzy.. could it be a sign that we, as Americans, are nothing but children in our mind? Childlike culture? Stay forever young... delusional that we are young but aging before ourselves in the mirror? I don't know.
Forever Lazy. A sign of the times or an exceptionally dumb blip on the radar. Time will decide.

Dumbest product of 2011

A late year decision occurred: The pajama jeans were dumb in 2011 until I saw this: The Forever Lazy.
For the nudist in you.. or the person who still wants to be a child.. Pajamas with feet. 
The ad paints a good picture.. you can drink coffee, type on the computer.. open Christmas gifts. Even go to a tailgating party before a football game. All in your forever lazy. 
Although I don't know how much respect you'd get in a football parking lot wearing a full body pajama set. 
But there may be something to this Forever Lazy frenzy.. could it be a sign that we, as Americans, are nothing but children in our mind? Childlike culture? Stay forever young... delusional that we are young but aging before ourselves in the mirror? I don't know.
Forever Lazy. A sign of the times or an exceptionally dumb blip on the radar. Time will decide.

Culture of 2011: Fear

We have been bombarded with scenes of torture and crime.. mayhem and murder.. terrorism.. fear.. and this is all just in our entertainment! This is all just at the 10pm hour.. this is all just at our local movie theater.
Since 2001, the American mind has been on a steady diet of fear porn. Our pop culture and entertainment forever changed with airplanes flying into buildings ten years ago. And now, this year, it is clear just how far down the path of uncertainty this has taken us.

Protesters have been pepper sprayed for simply sitting on a sidewalk.An American citizen in another nation, one who we say was a terrorist, was killed on an order from the President of the United States.The United States Congress and Senate passed a bill that may allow for the arrest of American citizens--on the homeland--and indefinite detention without charges... A few stood up to oppose. Most didn't. And most Americans didn't even know that Congress had that provision in the defense bill.Stories of …

Culture of 2011: Fear

We have been bombarded with scenes of torture and crime.. mayhem and murder.. terrorism.. fear.. and this is all just in our entertainment! This is all just at the 10pm hour.. this is all just at our local movie theater.
Since 2001, the American mind has been on a steady diet of fear porn. Our pop culture and entertainment forever changed with airplanes flying into buildings ten years ago. And now, this year, it is clear just how far down the path of uncertainty this has taken us.

Protesters have been pepper sprayed for simply sitting on a sidewalk.An American citizen in another nation, one who we say was a terrorist, was killed on an order from the President of the United States.The United States Congress and Senate passed a bill that may allow for the arrest of American citizens--on the homeland--and indefinite detention without charges... A few stood up to oppose. Most didn't. And most Americans didn't even know that Congress had that provision in the defense bill.Stories of …

The biggest ass of the year

Bill O'Reilly. How cannot it not be?
He earned his title with this:


The biggest ass of the year

Bill O'Reilly. How cannot it not be?
He earned his title with this:


The person of the year

TIME magazine made their choice: They picked 'the protester' as the person of the year. I agree with TIME in a degree, that may be the most important 'type' of person... it's broad, yes. And nameless, sure. But we are all protesters in some degree..
In my estimation, though, the person of the year is one sole human being... and no one besides a few in higher rankings of the government even knows the name of the person of the year. The man (or potentially woman) who shot Osama Bin Laden during the spring time raid in Pakistan. That, indeed, is the person of the year.. they changed history...
Controversy aside.. whether it was right or wrong aside.. it surely was the most dramatic event in geo political affairs of 2011. And one person is responsible for that final shot. Either in the back of the head ...or the front... 

The person of the year

TIME magazine made their choice: They picked 'the protester' as the person of the year. I agree with TIME in a degree, that may be the most important 'type' of person... it's broad, yes. And nameless, sure. But we are all protesters in some degree..
In my estimation, though, the person of the year is one sole human being... and no one besides a few in higher rankings of the government even knows the name of the person of the year. The man (or potentially woman) who shot Osama Bin Laden during the spring time raid in Pakistan. That, indeed, is the person of the year.. they changed history...
Controversy aside.. whether it was right or wrong aside.. it surely was the most dramatic event in geo political affairs of 2011. And one person is responsible for that final shot. Either in the back of the head ...or the front... 

The most important story of the year: The earth strikes back

Life became fragile in 2011. The very ground the earth stood on shook... sometimes to a point where the land itself moved.
We will not forget the natural disasters in 2011. We will not erase from our memory those images of giant tidal waves simply removing villages and cities from the map in Japan. We cannot ever escape the visuals of a whirlpool in the ocean, gobbling up ships and whatever else was stuck within in.. No indeed.. in an instant, an earthquake hit, a tsunami thrashed, and a nuclear disaster began.
Drought in Texas. Joplin tornado.. flooding in the Northeast. Irene hit New York City. An earthquake caused damage to the Washington Monument. It was costly in dollars.. and costly in lives.
Just this past week, a typhoon hit the Philippines and once again... hundreds have perished from the planet.
New Zealand quake. Flooding in Australia. Thailand flooded.
It was exhausting even keeping up with the news. It was the year of disasters.. one major one a month somewhere on this planet.
An…

The most important story of the year: The earth strikes back

Life became fragile in 2011. The very ground the earth stood on shook... sometimes to a point where the land itself moved.
We will not forget the natural disasters in 2011. We will not erase from our memory those images of giant tidal waves simply removing villages and cities from the map in Japan. We cannot ever escape the visuals of a whirlpool in the ocean, gobbling up ships and whatever else was stuck within in.. No indeed.. in an instant, an earthquake hit, a tsunami thrashed, and a nuclear disaster began.
Drought in Texas. Joplin tornado.. flooding in the Northeast. Irene hit New York City. An earthquake caused damage to the Washington Monument. It was costly in dollars.. and costly in lives.
Just this past week, a typhoon hit the Philippines and once again... hundreds have perished from the planet.
New Zealand quake. Flooding in Australia. Thailand flooded.
It was exhausting even keeping up with the news. It was the year of disasters.. one major one a month somewhere on this planet.
An…
Music of the mind: The life and times of Christmas past, present, and future.. A holiday rambling rant Music is life.. life is music.. We are all dancing and singing to something. We are all ending a song.. or beginning it. To those who wished me a Merry Christmas and to those who didn’t.. Merry Christmas back to you. It has been a strange year.. getting older, my wife losing her mom this year.. having a new son.. Aging as new life enters. I hate life sometimes but love it. What a year.. whirlwind of activity.. and time flying by.

Wasn’t Charlie Brown just in in the beginning of December? Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? Wasn’t it just Halloween!? Where is it going!!!!??


For some reason I have two fond memories clear in my mind tonight.. one is walking under a moonlight Christmas Eve night with my nephew Shawn —when he was about 5 and I was about …oh a teenager.. and another when I got JURASSIC PARK in VHS for Christmas and stayed up late with my father to watch it—knowing he would tell me h…