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Freaky Friday all over again

Some very creepy and frightening Ebola news is making the rounds today.. while not to sound like an alarmist, these headlines would appear to be something right from the pages of THE STAND. Captain Tripps still does not exist on US soil (besides the patients purposely brought here to be monitored) but in Africa, it would appear the end times are upon them.. A sampling of the headlines bringing the chills to my arms as I read them as follows:
Blood from Ebola survivors is being sold on the black market .. I suppose there's always an angle, and money to be made--never letting a good crisis go to waste.
The death toll is rising, and in some scenarios, escalating quickly..
What is the death rate? 83%?

The Reuters news service reporting this: Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures...

This from a government spokesman in Guinea: Ebola health workers dead.. eight bodies had been found, including those of three journalists. He said they had been recovered from the septic tank of a primary school in the village, adding that the victims had been “killed in cold blood by the villagers.” Things are in freefall in the areas hit by this disease..

Finally: And scariest of all: CDC owns patent on Ebola virus; agency to collect royalties on all future Ebola vaccines..

These headlines are scary to their core.

Remember a few days ago, the news broke that cell phone 'interceptors' were being found all over the country? Immediately, Americans angrily started blogging and Tweeting that it was another example of big brother watching them, and the spy grid being effective and secret.. But delve a little deeper.. and think: What if this is not 'big brother' but instead a brother from another mother? Perhaps another state.. country.. ? Or what about it being ISIS-types.. or maybe even a Mexican cartel? News today makes me wonder more: Interceptors have been found near the White House And the Senate. This is beginning to make me think: Either the spy agencies are busy watching our own leaders a-la-Nixon.. or another foreign entity is behind the nationwide invasion of privacy..

And either way it's troubling.

Leader of Fukushima Study: “Intense exposure” headed toward US west coast; Plume traveling very fast via oceanic jet — “High concentrations” to impact California coastal areas..

The Redskins: A thought provoking post..

This is food for thought--and a bad meal if you digest it: 1 in 4 Americans don't have a clue that the earth orbits the sun.

But should it be any surprise that 25% of Americans don't know very basic science? After all, they are watching fake documentaries on the Discovery Channel about mega sharks and killer Yetis..

People are an on edge in parts of Pennsylvania.. my home state has been desperately searching for the cop killer who has been called an expert marksman.. The locals and students who inhabit the area being searched are on edge.. The FBI has joined the hunt for Eric Frein and he has been added to a most wanted list..
Manhunts taking place in backyards..roads being shut down.. an entire area on edge as a survivalist evades authorities..

Meanwhile: The funeral for the slain officer was held. His wife and two young children were present.. as were thousands of other police officers who traveled great distances to get there..

There is something very emotional for me when I watch funerals for men and women killed in combat or protecting people, such as police officers. There is a certain degree of pageantry that comes with it.. In this case, two young children are suffering the loss of their dad.. It can't get more raw and emotional than that..
May God intervene, if he's there, and help police find Eric Frein.

This is how ISIS is spreading: Video games. The kids aren't alright, no matter the nation. Militants hooking youngsters with ‘Jihad video game’ trailer.. The game is styled after GRAND THEFT AUTO and advertises the Jihadi life to the young who play it.. and for those who don't think GRAND THEFT AUTO led to some societal problems, look no further than the mind control IS is attempting with this new game..

But it's not just games. The apocalyptic magazine the Islamic State uses to recruit and radicalise foreigners..

The food fight: Monsanto is wooing mommy bloggers to its side..

This is a real headline: Baker in court for head-butting £27,000 sausage roll machine when it stopped working properly. No, really, it is..

UFO photographed over St. Helens..

Airplane passenger photographs UFOs out of his window..

UFO believers claim NASA footage of 'tether incident' proves aliens exist..

National Geographic: Fascination With Chernobyl Inspires Surreptitious Visits
Nuclear meltdown leaves a vast, empty land overtaken by vegetation...

Read this blog report about a visit to the area from 2013.. It is a must read.

The Bloomsburg Fair begins this week.. it's an amazing place to go if you're in the Eastern part of Pennsylvania. But if you're a fan of ZZ Top or Duck Dynasty *(and there's lots of those in Pennsyltucky) then this may not be the fair for you, with cancellations from both entities.



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 …


Real news has become surreal.. I find many headlines of our current day to relate back to THE STAND.. I know the comparison is a little fuzzy, and my overdoing it may be annoying to some. But when the strange similarities to me are striking.. The STAND starts in Texas. And in real life Texas is the center stage for the Ebola scare. And even worse, the endless stories of people 'coming back to life' are getting bizarre--though we can assume that parts of Africa cannot truly pinpoint the cause of death, so somene coming back to life is moot: The person probably wasn't dead. At least we hope they weren't.. Though SNOPES can tell us it's a hoax, try to explain the high strangeness of ABC NEWS filming a dead man and suddenly seeing him moving..

Continuing to the real news of the day (though it seems like fiction half of the time), focus is now turning on how Thomas Duncan got inot the United States. The Washington POST is giving us an hour by hour synopsis of what happen…