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Frightful Friday before Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is approaching. We will be showered with 'news' stories about how the summer is beginning, how the vacation season has started, and the ways movies will change our lives and become box office phenoms over the next three months.
But it all seems to fleeting.
It seems like this yearly ritual of trading seasons, cold to hot, comes and goes too fast and without much fanfare..

Whether it's true or not, it feels like traditions are dying.
I think it is a symptom of a few things for me personally, with getting older  being one of them.. almost going full steam into my mid-30s (yes I read articles when I was in my mid-20s and talked this same way) and it just feels as though riding through like is like going 80MPH on a freeway..

You don't have much time to see what you are passing, and you'll constantly struggling to get to an ill-fated goal.

This year, like other Memorial Days,  there is more attention being given to car and mattress sales than there is the dead from war..  Instead of honoring the soldiers who died in battle in wars past, and previous, we are dishonoring them with badges of horror. The American Veterans Affairs scandal only drips into a bigger puddle of government inefficiency.  Tales of scandals, cooked books, alternate lists, and finally veterans meeting their final fate at the hands of an incredibly incompetent system are all the rage these days, just in time for Memorial Day weekend..  If half of what is being said about the VA system is true, this is beyond problematic. It's crisis time.. and perhaps also time to begin asking for resignations and terminations. When 
you have the chances that terror suspects at GITMO get better treatment that veterans, that's a problem.

Another sign of the season: A big movie release. Almost 4,000 theaters will welcome men and women of all age to the newest X-MEN film.. It remains to be seen how many people will go in holding their nose due to the allegations that Bryan Singer has had a history of raping teenage boys.  While accusations have to be proven in court, the Hollywood scandal of pedophilic directors and movie tycoons seems like a script still being written, and a scene yet to be played out. More will come, I predict. But the small bits of news may not be enough to derail X-MEN from being a big hit. X-MEN today, XXX-MEN tomorrow..

There is one more thing about 2014's summer beginning that may be beautiful: A meteor shower visible from earth in which we may be able to spot 200 meteors per hour.  So put down your iPads and turn off your phones.. go into the night air and spot signs from the heavens.. And realize, regardless of your place in the world, we are all spinning into oblivion on a small rock in the middle of a vast galaxy, within a universe, and who knows what else.



Paging Paige: Done at the WWE


PWInsider reports that Paige was told at this past Monday’s RAW that she will not be able to return to the ring. It was noted that she is “done” as a wrestler, and that the situation is similar to Edge’s retirement in 2011 due to a neck injury…

Paige had just returned to WWE in late November after a seventeen month absence due to a neck injury she suffered in June of 2016. During her absence she suffered two Wellness policy suspensions.

Paige was injured during a house show at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27 during a six-woman tag match. She was kicked in the back by Sasha Banks and struggled to get back to her feet after the bump.


The fake missile warning in Hawaii was scary for residents of that state .. 38 minutes of hell.

Scary for America more may be what ELIANA JOHNSON writes in POLITICO: A false warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration. President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior administration official. John Kelly, while serving as Secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out. The Old Cold War guard is gone. The newcomers can issue threats but appear to be unaware on how to act on them.. “The U.S. government hasn’t tested these plans in 30 years,” said the senior a…

There is water on Mars. There is not water on Mars. There is water on Mars.

A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is about 550 yards wide. The scarp drops about 140 yards from the level ground in the upper third of the image.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/USGS

This could be a game changer–and quite the about face since the past several months of news gathered have reinforced the notion that no water at all existed..

As reported in the journal Science (paywall), the water was found in both the north and south of Mars, at latitudes equivalent to South America and Scotland. The exposed areas were found on scarps as steep as 55 degrees. Based on the absence of craters in the regions, scientists believe that the features formed relatively recently.

“The discovery reported today gives us surprising windows where we can see right into these thick underground sheets of ice,” study co-author Shane Byrne of the University of…

FCC won’t let Trump’s shithole be

The FCC received complaints after NBC and CNN used the word “s—hole” in their coverage of the controversy over comments President Donald Trump reportedly made to lawmakers during a meeting about immigration.

An FCC spokesman said they received a “handful” of comments, but did not have an exact figure yet. The agency does not monitor programming, but reviews each complaint to decide whether to take any type of action.

CNN featured the term on its chyron, and it was also repeated on air multiple times. But the FCC’s jurisdiction over indecency and profanity does not cover cable and satellite programming.x

The word was used once on “NBC Nightly News,” but anchor Lester Holt issued a viewer warning in advance. CBS and ABC chose not to use the word.

The FCC considers a number of factors in whether to act on a complaint, including “context,” and that in the past has included whether it has been a part of news programming. Broadcasters are confident that they would be exempt for using the term i…



Not only that, but warnings buzzed on TVs.. radios.. the horrid screeching noise when an emergency alert sounds.. 

CNN reports,

Jocelyn Azbell had just woken up in her Maui hotel Saturday when she was hurried into the hotel's basement to take shelter from an incoming ballistic missile.
"You're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, are we going to die? Is it really a missile (headed) our way, or is it just a test?'" the 24-year-old told CNN. "We really didn't know."
Minutes before, she'd received an ominous alert on her phone.

Azbell, her boyfriend and hundreds of other hotel guests were "herded like cows" into the basement by staff. "People are crying and people obviously were super scared," she said.
For 20 minutes, Azbell said, they waited. Finally, they were told that the alert was a false ala…


The worst flu since the early 2000s strikes he entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years. The rate of flu hospitalizations — the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 — nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week. Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that rate was 13.7. IT IS SO BAD..
THE KIDS ARE BANNED FROM GOING TO THE HOSPITAL!! All of that prompted metro Detroit's Beaumont hospital chain to take an unusual step Friday afternoon: banning visits from children under 13 until the flu season subsides. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” said a news release from Beaumont Health System, which operates eight major hospitals in southeast Michigan. “All Beaumont Health hospita…