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The government has shut down. But we have not.


New federal fiscal year.. and the government has shut down.. a battle in Washington DC between Republicans and Democrats continued into the early morning hours.. by the time the sun rose over the Capitol, the government was still closed for business..

October 1: Obamacare begins..

Beware the ides of October!? The next default deadline that everyone is worried about is October 17.. That is an economic date with destiny--the date when markets could be rattled and the United States could default..

Michelle Bachmann may get ideas: British government is going to 'force' community service.. if you want unemployment, get ready to serve Britain.. this among other rules to crack down on 'welfare dependency'

Typhoon Wutip clams China.. 75 missing.. Vietnam prepares..

Scenes of destruction: First images emerge from mall massacre in Kenya..

Amazing maps reveal what North America looked like only a few short 550 million years ago.. And truly, 550 million years is a blink in time in the eyes of nature.. What will the continent, and for that matter the earth, look like in another 500 million years?

Wretched weather coming to the Midwest by Friday.. storms, high winds.. tornado threat. The high winds around the storm will cause power outages Friday into Friday night for SD,NE,IA, KS. Gusts 40-60 mph will occur...

Rare tornado hits Seattle..

What say you, ALGORE? Polar bears thriving..

Vatican set to give Pope John Paul II sainthood..John XXIII too..

Russia considering a COMPLETE GMO BAN within weeks!

The life and soon death of Comet Ison--four billion years in the making...

...hmm...did the United States find a new place to dump its used water bottles? Cassini probe now sees a plastic ingredient on Titan .. It reminds me of how much we don't know about anything.. such as the planet made of glass.. and now a moon consisting of plastic..

How to avoid making a fool of yourself online.. More people need to read this..

Miley Cyrus is fooling everyone?

A very interesting story is appearing in USA TODAY, today.. Who killed the Halloween horror movies is the title, and the article goes in depth on how October has become an unusually quiet month for horror flicks--only the remake of CARRIE is really set to scare this month. ... and USA TODAY concludes this, which I agree with: Horror has become such a successful genre that you would not be able to fit all the hits into one month. The summer has been another time where horror has seen a build influx of cash..
As someone who is dating myself in my less than youthful invigoration, I think things began to change around the the turn of the century from 1999 to 2001.. We saw hits happen in the summer, like THE SIXTH SENSE, the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, and JEEPERS CREEPERS. It was clear to studios then, as it is now, that you don't need leaves changing and cooler nights to entice movie goers to be scared. And in the summer, you have another good thing: Kids aren't in school and are more inclined to do late movies.
Either way, I don't get angry or sad that October features few horror movies--most of them are less than watchable anyway to me.. My horror movie marathon for the season typically happens the night before or the night of Halloween, and is filled with only the first John Carpenter HALLOWEEN version.. I don't need no stinkin' theater for that.



STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …

A dog eat dog afterlife

I read a somewhat moving article on HUFF PARANORMAL about a man who lost his pet dog.. In death, he sought to find the animal’s spirit.. His method was to use a smoke bomb and camera.. The author of the article is sure that he saw the face of his beloved deceased pet on the foggy image..
Before you laugh and mock, there’s two things to note.. First off, science can explain so much. But there’s a cutoff when science stops.. At least at this point. Logic may say that this image is just smoke within smoke.. For for the believer when faith, it’s something more. And science by no means can explain even a morsel of faith., And secondly– perhaps this would be more for pet owners– who didn’t lose an animal and feel the presence of that same beloved pet after death? And even more, I have known a handful of people that claimed per visitation from an afterlife.. In my own circumstance, I fondly remember seeing my dog Newt walk by my door. It was after he died. I had a witness– he saw it but years l…