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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.



Mulder and Scully still have the sunspot case

The internet firestorm over the sudden closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory went worldwide within the last 10 days..

As of yesterday, there was finally an official statement of some form as to why. But the statement is not going to end the rampant speculation -- these types of events get their fodder from "official statements" that fail to answer directly reasons why events occurred.The group that manages the Facebook page for the New Mexico facility say they are cooperating with on an ongoing criminal investigation..The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy said "we became concerned that a suspect in the investigational potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location."AURA said it was their decision to vacate...
The sheriff in town offers a different opinion, of course.. initially when the facility closed Benny House told …

It appears that Sunspot solar observatory and nearby post office was shut down because a janitor had child porn images

This is what KTSM is reporting: New Mexico observatory closed for security reasons to reopen A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states.An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name in on the warrant.The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a personal laptop to download the child pornography. X X X X So that is now officially the official story. We are told. Of course people online are questing the veracity of the stated series of events and how a janitor, who it took days to track down for having images of child porn, is the reason that an entire observatory…

Intrigue in China: Where is Fan Bingbing

From CNN:

Fan Bingbing, one of China's highest-paid and most bankable stars, has appeared in both Chinese and Western films, including the multimillion-dollar X-Men franchise. Across the country, her face once adorned thousands of advertisements, her star power used to sell a galaxy of luxury brands, from Cartier to Louis Vuitton. She was a regular sight at major award shows and fashion ceremonies. In 2015, Time Magazine named her China's "most famous actress."  But the film star hasn't been seen in public since early June, when, according to a post on her verified social-media account, she went to visit a children's hospital in Tibet. In an article by state media Securities Daily on September 6, which was later deleted, the publication said Fan had been brought "under control and about to receive legal judgment." No official statement has been made as to Fan's whereabouts, or any potential criminal charges against the actress.  However, in a country …