Friday, April 29, 2016

Omigosh! New Stories!

This is the year a new collection of short stories is supposed to be published by yours truly. As you can see on the sidebar, there are links under "Shorts" that take you to the stories. I'll post them there as they get rewritten and prepared. We're trying to get a few positive comments for marketing purposes, so if you read one or two and like what you see, please say something nice.

I suppose I should warn folks that some of these stories would likely be viewed as adult situations, or mature, or something like that. I don't pay a lot of attention to that sort of thing anymore. I don't write children's literature although it has been suggested from time to time that I would be more successful calling what I do children's literature. Well, everybody's a critic, right?

I am also in the middle of a new science fiction trilogy. First book is completed, second book halfway done and hope to have the third finished by year's end (that's really optimistic).

Meanwhile, what's a good title for this upcoming collection of short stories? I've got one I'm thinking about: The Devil May Care, but I'm up for suggestions.

Anyway, more stories will appear under the Shorts heading at NTD -- they're all going into the anthology and then you won't be able to read them for free at NTD anymore.

Obviously, I've got a lot to do, so best get to it. Ah! I almost forgot to tell you, as always, thanks for reading!

Favorite Movie Scenes #5

This scene, of course, is from Cool Hand Luke. If I had to pick a movie scene to represent my life, this would probably be it.

"I don't care if it rains or freezes long as I got my plastic Jesus
sitting on the dashboard of my car." -- Cool Hand Luke

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This is a solar eclipse on Earth as viewed from space as it moves across the globe.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Don't Fear The Reaper

More cowbell!

There are so many people in the world, that, on average, 105 people die each minute. That works out to 6,316 souls an hour. In one day, 151,600 people die around the world. In a year, 55.3 million. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? It's because it is a lot. Yet, compared to the rate of birth, those numbers more than double. For instance, there are 131.4 million births in one year which breaks down to 360,000 births per minute, 15,000 births each hour, and 250 births each minute. That's human babies, not puppies.

While we're on the subject, the average life expectancy at birth is approximately 67 years.

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All those pesky facts makes me think about an eventual population growth conundrum and, with a Malthusian eye toward the future, some day there won't be enough resources to go around.

Out of control population growth is not a new idea. It's not something about mankind that has just appeared at this time in our history. People are greedy and competitive (because often they have to be); isn't that what recorded history has to say to a great degree? That is, that the competition between men and tribes and genetic stocks and nations for resources is the story of survival of the human race.

Yet, the numbers keep rising. Therefore, we apply solutions like wars and abortion and the neglect of ravaging diseases in certain parts of the world, the widespread use of approved desensitizing drugs, as well as a socializing cookie-cutter approach to education. Throw in the acceptance of morality on a sliding scale and eventually there are more problems than there are solutions.

A practical solution to the population problem would be to emigrate people off the planet. Send your nanny or maybe Aunt Luci to a terra-formed Mars. Seems like a better idea than allowing the globalists to turn us into numbers. Oops, wait, maybe they already have.

Nature regulates all manner of species and when there's no more room for a particular animal or plant because it didn't adapt to changing conditions or became food for another species, mother nature ushers them to the door. Yes, life (and death) can be cruel. Ever feel like a fish in the sea? That's justified high paranoia. It's a fish eat fish ocean out there.

I wouldn't mind if the whole world flooded and we all had to live on boats. Oh, I suppose there could be some small islands here and there but not nearly enough for everybody. Besides, I'm certain the rich people would hire thugs to keep people like me from using their beaches. I wouldn't mind living on a boat. I could wear shorts and go barefoot (okay, some things won't change), go swimming every day, eat fish whenever I wanted, and sail instead of drive. I could listen to Christopher Cross and AWOLNATION or Van Morrison and ponder extinction and what greater plans God may have for humanity.

I feel safe in saying that the human race won't become extinct anytime soon. Heck, even if they got started today, it would take years for them to get around to locating me and shipping me out with the rest of the mongrels. Who is them anyway? By the time they get here, I'll be gone. So, you see, extinction doesn't hang me up.

It could be that humans are everywhere in the universe; that the various human genetic strains are, in fact, the end result of evolution whose rules work the same everywhere. Life appears, life progresses, evolves, and voila, homo sapiens eventually evolves. Maybe it's inevitable that humans appear everywhere and anytime there is an opportunity for them to exist.

Even if you don't believe in God, would you be comfortable in saying humanity is the pinnacle of God's achievements or that it was narrower than that, that the pinnacle was the creation (evolution, if you prefer) of man. By saying humanity is the greater thing, we lessen the value of the individual. Coincidentally, freedom and liberty are not considered "values" in group dynamics.

And so we like to say the human race is still a work in progress. Yet, quite possibly, it is not, unless we are working towards our own extinction -- or, for you progressives out there, working to avoid it. In terms of the degree of comfort in which people live these days, most of us are squeaking by, some better than others, it's true, but generally speaking the human race has a Coke and a hammock. We're doing all right. Maybe this is as good as it gets. If so, I can live with that.

So can you. See you on the beach.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bernie And Hillary

Petition to Suspend Social Justice Courses in US universities.

Sacred Cow

The Sunday Edition .002

Welcome to the Sunday edition for the North Texas Drifter. What we have here are headlines and associated thoughts that occurred over the course of the week presented for your amusement and edification.

-- The biggest news this week is the story about Saudi Arabia being responsible for the attack on 9/11. Nobody wants to talk about it in the light because it validates what the 9/11 Truthers have been saying. Additionally, if we start pulling that string, we are sure to discover guilty parties within the US government. How much did Bush know? How much does Obama know? They know the full story and neither is telling. [Edit: It appears the news cycle has run its course.]

-- I'll bet the powers that be are alarmed Trump is threatening to re-open the 9/11 investigation. He knows what happened. (If he is elected -- and that is a big "if").

-- My neighbor Weldon says US elections are fixed and Hillary Clinton will be the next president. He says count on it and, personally, I agree with him.

-- If they can pull off an operation like 9/11, then by comparison, mass shootings and beheadings in the desert would be relatively simple to arrange. You don't think our government would fool its citizens? Think again.

-- Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe signs state law allowing 200,000 convicted felons to vote in the November election -- uses racism as the excuse, but it's simply more crooked politics.

-- Radioactive iron in moon rocks collected by astronauts on NASA's Apollo missions suggests that a nearby supernova blasted Earth a few million years ago, according to a new study.

This finding supports the idea that nearby stellar explosions may have influenced life on Earth, including the evolution of humans, the researchers said.

Supernovas are powerful explosions from gigantic dying stars. These outbursts are visible all the way to the edge of the universe, and are bright enough to briefly outshine all of the other stars in their host galaxies.

-- Chelsea Clinton says in interview now that Justice Scalia is gone, they can finally get gun control. The Democrats are coming for your guns based on the series of bogus shootings that have been staged over the past few years.Until then, Hillary says she wants to impose a one thousand dollar a year tax on each gun you have. Does this include air rifles and pointing an index finger? I do not know.

-- Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.

-- Speaking of Ireland, UFC champ Conor McGregor said he was retiring earlier this week, then said he was kidding, and the UFC canceled his next fight, a multi-million dollar deal, thereby shooting themselves in the foot. The thing is, the UFC is run by Vegas people -- if they don't get their way, then nobody gets to play. Such is the fight game.

-- The official state vegetable of Oklahoma is the watermelon.

-- Overseas tourist agencies are recommending travelers not visit the racist southern portion of the USA because we're all bigots down here and if foreigners come to visit, we usually end up eating them, especially in South Carolina and Mississippi. Also, we don't like to share bathrooms with people other than our own gender. Somehow, that offends some people. Anyhoo, SC and 'ol Miss are being boycotted because they won't open up genderless public restrooms in their states. This is socialism at its finest.

-- Any piano players out there? Go here for an online virtual piano.

-- The pop star known as Prince dies this week and everybody seems to be going crazy over it and giving all sorts of fantastic accolades about the guy. Not much was said about Merle Haggard who died a few days earlier and was certainly a larger star than Prince. An autopsy was performed on Prince, but ironically, not on Judge Scalia.

-- One more bit about the fake war on terror. According to the late Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, IS was cobbled together in response to the Shia government in Iraq following the US invasion of the country and the execution of Saddam Hussein (who got his start as a CIA operative).

“Daesh is our [Sunni] response to your support for the Da’wa,” the Shia Islamist ruling party of Iraq, al-Faisal told US Secretary of State John Kerry, according to the newspaper.

The FT story, however, ignores the fact the Saudis collaborated with the CIA and Pakistani intelligence to create the progenitor of the Islamic State, the “Afghan Arabs” that would become al-Qaeda. Other factions of the CIA organized and Saudi funded Mujahideen coalesced into another fanatical Wahhabi group, the Taliban.

The Saudis may have funded and supported IS, but they are not responsible for its creation. The Pentagon created a group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi that would become IS.

"All the news that's fit to print and some that's not."

Friday, April 22, 2016

George Berkeley

Equals critical thinking.
George Berkeley, known as the father of Idealism, argued that everything exists as an idea in someone’s mind. Berkley discovered that some of his associates considered his theory stupid. The story goes that one of his detractors kicked a stone with his eyes closed and said, “There I’ve disproved it!”

The idea being that if the stone really only exists in his imagination, he could not have kicked it with his eyes closed. Refutation of Berkeley is hard to understand, especially these days when the dominant philosophical stance is materialism. He argued that there is an omnipotent and omnipresent God, who sees all and all at once. Realistic, or not?

Nice View

If Jupiter was as close to the Earth as the moon, it would look something like this.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

No statement should be believed [simply] because
it is made by an authority.

-- Robert A. Heinlein

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

American Women And The End Of A Nation

There are no shortages of soulless, misguided women in our post Judeo/Christian American culture. With the advent of hiring quotas and the misguided concept of social equality, women disproportionately occupy all levels of society from politics to Hollywood, from the music industry to the fashion world, from the faculty lounge to the masses. They are very out spoken and preach a subtle - yet tyrannical - delusion of liberation and freedom by the application and adherence of lawlessness, immorality, tolerance and political correctness; none of which can bring true fulfillment but only tyranny (Rom. 1:18-32, Gal. 6:7-8).

Since the sixties, the women of American have become heavily indoctrinated by secularism and they have changed dramatically into godless, licentious, narcissistic, angry and lewd individuals. Society - even here in America - has always had its social problems, but the masses in general always adhered to an objective morality based on the Bible and its Judeo/Christian values. American society (in general) since our founding had always frowned upon lewdness and moral secularism.

After the American civil war, American culture began to break away from the social restraints of Judeo/Christianity that had preserved our nation and the family. Secularism and human rationalism urged women to recognize and struggle against a patriarchal society which, by extension, created a creeping movement against the principles of a Christian-based society.

Now we see where this extreme secular feminism has taken us. In all fairness, America's new godless women go well with America's fallen men. Honor, loyalty, strength of character -- these are all qualities of a God-fearing society. Today's American population have raised the bar of depravity to levels unimaginable just twenty years ago, even to the point of redefining the definition of justice into something that rises beyond individual rights into perceived injustices done to minority groups two hundred years in the past.

The ideology of feminism has infiltrated all aspects of our once great American society and serves as a fifth column sabotage unit in a war to destroy America.

American women see themselves as a waking political power. Hillary Clinton, in her quest of the presidency, urges American women to embrace the values of progressivism, to turn away from faith, and become a radical "social justice warrior." These cultural Marxists and secular feminists have transformed themselves into an army of elite pseudo-intellectuals, social justice crusaders, armed with Alinskyite tactics, sexual appeal and a subjective hatred of Judeo/Christian values. The overwhelming majority of these women are not from the slums of society. They have not been raised in poor and meager settings, but are from some of the richest families; they are privileged and lacking for nothing in the material sense. They have been raised and bred with an instilled hatred of anything American and are in a continual war with our nation’s founding principles, the Constitution, and moral absolutes. In the last 50 years we have seen the exponential rise of these elitist know-it-alls in our nation.

American males have been made base, feminine, and weak by the philosophical notions of the new social order of our post Judeo/Christian culture. Tragically, with the rise of the "liberated" woman and the promotion of secular feminism here in America, a price must be extracted. American women are plagued with compounding guilt, personal unfulfillment, sex, drug and alcohol addiction, disease, physical abuse, depression, psychological trauma, rage, hatred, bitterness, a vindictive spirit and emotional instability. They are personally unfulfilled and spiritually vacant (Gal. 6:7,8). These women have drunk the lawless kool-aid of the secular liberation movement's message and have been sold a socialist bill of wares. They have forsaken and rebelled against nature and it has done more to cause imbalance in society than any other social issue.

You see, all this hubbub about minority rights and abortion and social justice has cleaved American women away from American men. The attack on the traditional family by the forces of Marxism have worked: a women's freedom of choice is now more important than her oath of marriage.

No! He did not.
God created the woman to be a companion to man. She was created to balance the dominant nature of man, to hold him accountable, to be his helper, to be a partner and an essential part of the Divine design of the family unit (Prov. 31: 10-31, Matt. 7:24-26). One can always tell the temperature of a culture and society by the state and condition of its women. Just like men, when women adhere to the laws of nature and of laws of God, there is a healthy restraint, order and harmony.

When women are in a right relationship with Almighty God and adhere to the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God there is a healthy restraint, an eye towards the preservation of order and harmony.

Let’s take a look at what makes up the many faceted genres (socially, politically, culturally) which today's American woman works out her existence. American women (in general) practice moral relativism in all areas of the cultural spectrum (some more extreme than others). She is reprobate in all moral absolute logic. She is godless in her ideology. She is humanly subjective in all of her worldly opinions; she’s ignorant, brutish, callus, blind and foolish. She is driven by personal ambition, envy, jealousy, anger and rage. She is vindictive, spiteful and merciless to any who oppose her lawless mindset and will destroy, ravish and slander any who challenge her lawless ideals. She is always a victim in her mind and must have retribution. She champions and exercises compassion for lawless and godless causes, while expressing zero compassion for moral and godly ones. She has been hardened by the consequences of her lawless ways. She is – at her heart – unhappy, self loathing and miserable. She is lewd, rude and licentious even though she may seem moderate in her opinions. She has given herself over to the unbridled passions of her fallen nature and has become callus to shame and never blushes. She is a hypocrite, always masquerading her godless intentions with a compassionate facade. She is a hunter of men’s souls, a destroyer of families, a murder of the unborn, she prostitutes her humanity for lawlessness, she is a promoter of social and moral lawlessness and anarchy. She is guided by an illogical, unstable and unbalanced emotional roller coaster and is always hypocritical while seeking to be sincere (Isa. 5:20, Rom. 1:18-32). Her mindset and abandonment of the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God has opened her up to be influenced and used by the forces of materialism and greed (John 8:44, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 2:2-3).

Here is a shortlist of popular, secular, progressive women who desire to be known as "movers and shakers":

This is Flo from Progressive Insurance.
We suspect she is a feminist.
Margret Sanger, Madelyn Murray O’Hare, Jane Fonda, Liz Taylor, Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Michele Obama, Janeane Garofalo, Rachel Maddow, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Sandra Fluke, Angeline Jolie, Ohpra Winfrey, Beyonce etc.

These women influence millions daily with their subtle secular relativistic morality, their godlessness, euphemistic virtues, lawless secular feministic liberation and “do as thou wilt” ideology. They are the heroes of a post Judeo/Christian lawless society, role models for all those who thirst for liberation from their Creator and His moral absolutes. Their modus operandi is to belittle and berate while urging others to hate and despise anything smacking of conservatism or religion or male dominance.

You've heard it before. It's a world turned upside down and there appears to be no stopping it (Psalm 11:3, Isa. 5:20). We should expect evil men and women to get worse and worse as time continues (2 Tim 3:1-7). When the women of a society have sold themselves to lawlessness as we have seen for these last 50 years, we are truly at the end of our nation’s journey.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Massacre In Waco

This is what happens when the US government
comes after your guns.
It's April 19th, the anniversary of the US government massacre of the Branch-Davidian Church outside Waco, Texas in 1993. We've got the Clinton administration to thank for that particular atrocity. To jog your memory on the details, please go here, here, and here. Where is the justice? You didn't complain while it was happening in 1993. Will you complain when they come for you?

The Scopes Trial

In 1925, Darrow defended John T. Scopes in the State of Tennessee v. Scopes trial. It has often been called the "Scopes Monkey Trial," a title popularized by author and journalist H.L. Mencken. The trial pitted Darrow against William Jennings Bryan in an American court case that tested the Butler Act, which had been passed on March 21, 1925. The act forbade the teaching of "the Evolution Theory" in any state-funded educational establishment in Tennessee. More broadly, the Butler Act outlawed in state-funded schools (including universities) the teaching of "any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals."

During the trial, Darrow requested that Bryan be called to the stand as an expert witness on the Bible. Over the other prosecutor's objection, Bryan agreed. Popular media at the time portrayed the following exchange as the deciding factor that turned public opinion against Bryan in the trial:

Darrow: "You have given considerable study to the Bible, haven't you, Mr. Bryan?"
Bryan: "Yes, sir; I have tried to.... But, of course, I have studied it more as I have become older than when I was a boy."
Darrow: "Do you claim then that everything in the Bible should be literally interpreted?"
Bryan: "I believe that everything in the Bible should be accepted as it is given there; some of the Bible is given illustratively. For instance: 'Ye are the salt of the earth.' I would not insist that man was actually salt, or that he had flesh of salt, but it is used in the sense of salt as saving God's people."

After about two hours, Judge John T. Raulston cut the questioning short and on the following morning ordered that the whole session (which in any case the jury had not witnessed) be expunged from the record, ruling that the testimony had no bearing on whether Scopes was guilty of teaching evolution. Scopes was found guilty and ordered to pay the minimum fine of $100.

A year later, the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Dayton court on a technicality—not on constitutional grounds, as Darrow had hoped. According to the court, the fine should have been set by the jury, not Raulston. Rather than send the case back for further action, however, the Tennessee Supreme Court dismissed the case. The court commented, "Nothing is to be gained by prolonging the life of this bizarre case."

This event led to a change in public sentiment, and an increased discourse on the subject of faith versus science that still exists in America. It also became popularized in a play based loosely on the trial, Inherit the Wind, which was adapted several times on film and television.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Sunday Edition .001

I may start doing a list of comments on Sundays much like other bloggers do every day of the week. Every day of the week is too much trouble but I might be able to issue a global report on Sundays. Sounds about right to me except, you understand, when I don't feel like doing it. Anyway, this week's nonsense includes comments about the recent news, local, state, and international.

• The US government has decided to replace the picture of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. They want to replace it with a pick of Susan B. Anthony or a scene from the suffragette movement. More politically correct symbolism meant to reduce respect for another great American leader. Now, if they wanted to put Marilyn Monroe or Sharon Stone on the $20 bill, then we'd have something to get excited about.

• A popular local blogger appears to have gone wheels-off. No, not me, although admittedly my wheels came off a long time ago. According to the broken sentences posted on the progressive-supporting site, said blogger had an issue with vertigo which ended up putting said blogger into rehab. Rehab? For vertigo? Well, in any case, the staff here at NTD wishes our fellow blogger a speedy recovery from whatever it is that ails the electronic editor.

• Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell off $750 Billion of US interests if a bill is passed in the US Congress that would allow lawsuits against Saudi Arabia for being involved in the 9/11 attacks. Why aren't we hearing more about this? Because the powers that be still want to back-peddle on the idea that the US government, along with international globalists ("financiers" as the legitimate press sometimes calls them), is responsible for the attack as well as the following "War on Terror." It's all bogus, baby. Don't you get it? We'll never hear the actual criminals admit that they "facilitated" wars, that they manipulated and subverted the will of the people as well as the course of history, and even captured hearts and minds at the cost of millions of lives. They're like Wall Street. Like Hillary. Like the great state of Texas itself -- that is, too big to fail.

• In another move orchestrated by international progressives, governments continue to facilitate the immigration of third world citizens to the first world. As you know, the US has opened the gates to illegal immigration. If it were simply a matter of economics in that the US needed more unskilled labor, well, that's one thing; but, Obama believes America is too white and wants to change the color of its dominant citizens. Change the demographics, change the politics. Think big. By the way, they say the same strategy is being utilized in Europe by Muslim immigrants.

• Of course, along with the immigration strategy is the no borders strategy. It's what it sounds like -- the borders are open (from one direction only -- those coming to America, not those desiring to go to Mexico or Canada) and people can just wade across the river or walk through the north woods without fear of recrimination from the Border Patrol. So what happens to sovereignty when there are open borders? What is a country without borders, anyway? I thought the government was supposed to man the borders in order to prevent foreigners from pouring into what the rest of us have worked so hard to achieve for ourselves. No?

Those children HAD to die!
What difference does it make?
• The GOP presidential race debacle continues to prove that the Republican Party has become little more than a straw man for the Democratic Party. I've been saying the fix is in for years, maybe now some of you will listen to me. The truth is, there is no democracy here.

• In the I-can't-believe-people-fall-for-this category, admitted socialist (Bernie Sanders) is running for president of the US. What alternate reality have we entered? Is there no way out? His opponent, a yet to come out of the closet female communist, is projected to win the whole shebang because she was promised the position by the shadow government in exchange for her loyalty. It must be fun to be a tyrant. I'll bet it costs a lot of money to buy the US presidency.

• Globalists created ISIS to have a boogeyman, to scare America, to create enough fear to finance their new globalist programs. Like global warming, for instance. Well, they're calling it climate change now because it makes for a more logical argument. I mean, the weather is always changing, right? How can anyone argue with that? You see, what we have to do (to save the human race from extinction) is stop burning fossil fuels because those pesky hydrocarbons are jamming things up and then we gotta reduce the population by five and half billion souls. That'll get the population down to a manageable number. And if you don't happen to be a happy recipient of life's lottery? Too bad.

• Good news for MMA fans! The UFC has received approval to promote and stage fights in New York. The only caveat is that the fighters will be forced to use pompoms as martial arts weapons. Any real flesh on flesh contact will result in disqualification. I'm joking.

• Leftist Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is being impeached and it looks as though her thirteen year run is over. If it was Hillary, she'd say they were after her simply because she's a woman, but the truth is, like Hillary, the Brazilian president is corrupt.

• Japan is shaking again. Severe earthquakes are rocking the oriental islands. Coincidentally, there was a 7.8 magnitude quake across the Pacific in Ecuador too. Those are some big shakers with lots of damage to people and property.

In summary, the land is literally moving beneath our feet, our leaders are corrupt, the police are dangerous, even Christians are distrustful of everybody, and there's not enough money to go around. Oh, it's raining too. Now, more than ever, you have to remember to take it easy, man.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Dark Flow

Dark flow is an astrophysical term describing a possible non-random component of the peculiar velocity of galaxy clusters. The actual measured velocity is the sum of the velocity predicted by Hubble's Law plus a possible small and unexplained (or dark) velocity flowing in a common direction.

According to standard cosmological models, the motion of galaxy clusters with respect to the cosmic microwave background should be randomly distributed in all directions. However, analyzing the three-year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data using the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, astronomers Alexander Kashlinsky, F. Atrio-Barandela, D. Kocevski and H. Ebeling found evidence of a "surprisingly coherent" 600–1000 km/s flow of clusters toward a 20-degree patch of sky between the constellations of Centaurus and Vela.

The researchers had suggested that the motion may be a remnant of the influence of no-longer-visible regions of the universe prior to inflation. Telescopes cannot see events earlier than about 380,000 years after the Big Bang, when the universe became transparent (the cosmic microwave background); this corresponds to the particle horizon at a distance of about 46 billion (4.6×1010) light years. Since the matter causing the net motion in this proposal is outside this range, it would in a certain sense be outside our visible universe; however, it would still be in our past light cone.

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The results appeared in the October 20, 2008, issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.

In 2013, data from the Planck space telescope showed no evidence of "dark flow" on that sort of scale, discounting the claims of evidence for either gravitational effects reaching beyond the visible universe or existence of a multiverse. However in 2015 Kashlinsky et al claim to have found support for its existence using both Planck and WMAP data.

Panoramic view of galaxies beyond Milky Way, with Norma cluster & Great Attractor shown by a long blue arrow at the bottom-right in image near the disk of the Milky Way.

The dark flow was determined to be flowing in the direction of the Centaurus and Hydra constellations. This corresponds with the direction of the Great Attractor, which is a gravitational mystery originally discovered in 1973. However, the source of the Great Attractor's attraction was thought to originate from a massive cluster of galaxies called the Norma Cluster, located about 250 million light-years away from the Milky Way.

In a study from March 2010, Kashlinsky extended his work from 2008, by using the 5-year WMAP results rather than the 3-year results, and doubling the number of galaxy clusters observed from 700. The team also sorted the cluster catalog into four "slices" representing different distance ranges. They then examined the preferred flow direction for the clusters within each slice. While the size and exact position of this direction display some variation, the overall trends among the slices exhibit remarkable agreement. "We detect motion along this axis, but right now our data cannot state as strongly as we'd like whether the clusters are coming or going," Kashlinsky said.

The team has so far catalogued the effect as far out as 2.5 billion light-years, and hopes to expand its catalog out further still to twice the current distance.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Aurora Alien Encounter

If you're local to north Texas and find yourself with nothing to do this Saturday (tomorrow), the first Aurora Alien Encounter sounds like it's going to be fun.

The gathering will be from 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the MD Resort Twin Oaks Conference Center on 601 Old Base Rd., in Aurora (Wise County). Speakers will talk about alien sightings and UFOs. Keynote speaker will be Travis Walton who wrote the book “Fire in the Sky,” recalling his alien abduction in 1975 in Arizona. Tours to the site of the reported 1897 spaceship crash in Aurora and the Aurora Cemetery where an alien is said to be buried, will also be available.

If you're not already familiar with the Aurora, Texas UFO story, go here for the low down.

Methods Of Control

Aristotle teaches that true freedom is not the license to do whatever we please. True freedom is the ability to act in accordance with reason. If we are unable to do what is good, we are slaves no matter how much empowering language we use to dress up the fact of our servitude.

Liberating ourselves from elite control may not topple them in the short term, but it will make our individual lives better. That alone makes it worth the effort.

1. One of the obvious ways that the elite control the populace is through the threat of violence. State violence is sanctified and blessed by the state and the elite insure that state-approved violence is the only legal violence there is. In most places in the US, the right to carry a weapon isn't a right at all. You have to pay for it through fees and state registration and the burden of a lengthy list of associated rules and regulations. If you're a cop, it's a whole different ball game. Heck, you can even shoot and kill somebody on accident or through poor judgement and get away with it. Not so with the rest of the sheep.

2. Governments have used welfare to placate the unwashed masses for thousands of years. And what, exactly, have we taught the masses? The state has taught them to ask for more and to establish a dependency on the government. It works every time. That dependency, and the government's response, creates a nation of idiots who cannot take care of themselves.

3. The elite use tax policy to prevent others from becoming wealthy and thus entering the ranks of the elite themselves. The elite don't want competition and that is why most elections in the US are fixed. The political system is broken. The US is a fake democracy ruled by plutocrats.

4. Unfortunately, religion plays a minor role in the lives of most people. Rather, the more powerful opiate in the lives of modern men is watching sports. Hyperthyroidal blacks on a basketball court hold the attention span of American men far longer than a review of the crimes committed by the ruling class. We are distracted by cheerleaders, high scores, athletic ability, and sheer competition. Which, by the way, would be fine if we could keep it all in perspective, but the problem is, we can't. Especially, with organizations like the NFL taking up progressive social issues and adopting unpopular social and immoral views.

5. With the advent of the internet, porn became ubiquitous. It's everywhere. It's impossible to surf the web without running across numerous instances of flesh and in-your-face sex. While my fellow libertarians may celebrate this as the triumph of personal freedom, the reality is that it has become one of the most powerful forms of control of the masses. Any perversion one can imagine can be found for free on the internet. Feeling randy?

6. Like porn or sports, getting too involved with entertainment can blind us to what is happening in the real world. The playoffs are on and who cares what's going on in Libya, right? That's so far away, it's probably not even real anyway. Besides, I don't know any of those people over there, so why should I care?

7. Social media could be used as a tool for good. Yet, with the amount of government propagandizing on these platforms, what we're getting is a society that is more akin to the builders of the Tower of Babel. The public is more fragmented than ever. Has Facebook saved the world? Hardly. Does Facebook pass along government lies, censor opposing opinions, and attempt to control the discussion? Why, yes, it does.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

-- Thomas Jefferson

"Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavor, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid."

- H.W. Fowler

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Americans are not necessarily the most ridiculous group of people in the world. The Japanese are in competition for that title as well. Case in point: Kancho.

Kanchō is a Japanese prank performed by clasping the hands together in the shape of an imaginary gun and attempting to poke an unsuspecting victim's rear, often while exclaiming "Kan-CHO!".

If you didn't know already, the word is a slang adoption of the Japanese word for enema. In accordance with widespread practice, it is generally written in katakana when used in its slang sense, and in kanji when used of enemas in the medical sense.

I'm already ashamed I posted this pic. Enjoy.
The practice of Kancho is considered a form of bullying amongst children in East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, etc. In Korea, it is called ddong-chim. In Taiwan, it is called Qiānnián shā. From perusing videos on Youtube, it appears a number of adults, especially tourists from Scandinavian countries, also find the practice to be amusing. Imagine pulling this prank on your mom.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

When It Comes To You

deliquium: (n) loss of consciousness.

I Blog, Therefore I Am

Interests? I have interests. It's just that
I'm not very good at them
So just the other day I added a few things to the blog here at NTD and so I thought I might even add a few of my "interests" to my Blogger profile. Under "Interests" I wrote ice cream, metaphysics, faith, and music and then agonized over whether or not any of those sounded pretentious or potentially might reveal more of myself to the internet/world than I would care to share. I finally went with it because I was cooking or something and got distracted. Afterwards I checked and under the Interests heading on TommyBoy's profile page, it said ice cream, metaphysics, faith, and music. When I moused over the words I found links associated with each interest. I followed the ice cream link and discovered a list with four thousand other bloggers who also enjoyed ice cream in one fashion or another. My guess is that most of us like to eat it.

I looked at a few of the profiles to try to gain some perspective on what kind of person would list their interests for the world to see on a blog. The answer became painfully obvious after glancing at a few of those blogger profiles. They're all writers just like me.

Here's Megan Fae, a female from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her interests include:

Abandoned amusement parks, ABBA, Alter Ego, American Girl stuff: specifically Rebecca, Animal Crossing, Autumn, balloons, Banff, barrister bookshelves, Bayswater Arms Pub,, being bratty, bendy straws, birthdays, black & white stuff, Black Currant Diet Coke, Boggle, bonfires, bubble baths, Camp GUCI, chandeliers, chicken fingers with honey mustard, Chinese food, chivalry, Christine McVie, complaining, costumes, coupons/Jewpons, creme brulee, Dachshunds, deep bowls, Disney World, Double Dragon, dresses, emerald-cut diamonds, Emily Post, etiquette, Fine Arts, Fleetwood Mac, flying, Foxtrot comics, free stuff, frilly aprons, Gilmore girls, good oral hygiene, Havdallah, Hebrew, heist movies, Hermione & Ron, hot chocolate, houndstooth, Hyde Brothers bookstore, ice cream, impromptu dates, Judaism, knowing it all, lacy fluffy snow, lavender, lemon-flavored desserts, libraries, lilacs, lip gloss, LUSH, mail, Mario Kart 7, masculine hands, matryoshkas, matzoh ball soup, Meg Day, melville-free days, metal water bottles, midnight movies, mint chocolate,, Mythology, naps, Nintendo 3DS, Over-the-knee socks, paddle brushes, painted nails, personal space, player pianos, polka dots, popcorn, Post-It notes, Pretty Little Liars, prose, quick typing, riding in cars, riding on trains, road trips, root beer, S.A.S.S. Books, Shoaff shakes, silver, singing, skirts, smart assery, stationery, stickers, stringed lights, Sucrets, sugar cookies from The Cookie Cottage, Switched at Birth, tea at four, the Fosters, the Terra Cotta Army, Tetris, theater tickets, Theodore, thunderstorms, Tiffany & Co, transliterations, traveling, trust funds, turkey bacon, Veronica Mars, Wellies, whining, wings, YA

Naturally, that's way more than I ever wanted to know about Megan Fae and so I began to think again that perhaps even admitting that one likes ice cream sort of makes one less unique rather than more. There's also the thing about privacy and how long will it be until there are bots roaming the internet looking for just that sort of personal information. Also, Blogger is owned by Google and it's accessed via a Google login, if you didn't know already, so does Google link up and keep track of email addresses and who is who in Googleland? Of course they do. So tell me again, why do I need to let the world know I like ice cream?

In summation, I do feel like it is pretentious to list my interests or my talents or how many hot dogs I can eat. Maybe I should just say "None."


What I will share with readers is that a storm passed through today. Hail was as large as baseballs. It blasted out my upstairs windows and one window downstairs. It looks as though my window AC was hit and dented sufficiently to render its further service useless. Other hits and nicks in window trim as well. My metal roof looks like the moon. The windshield in my old truck was shattered and one of the side windows broken out too. An exterior mirror was hit, a backup/brake light broken out, and the driver side door handle was broken. The roof and hood also look like the moon.

My neighbor Weldon lives across the road from me and his house looked as though it had been the target of a drive-by shooting. One of those baseball-sized hailstones passed through the siding, through the insulation and into the sheetrock. All Weldon's windows were broken out on that side of the house.

Texas can have some nasty weather. An hour later, the sun was shining and I was trying to figure out how I was going to pay for all the repairs.

Monday, April 11, 2016

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.” – Brock Adams, Director UN Health Organization

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Texas Weather

The highest temperature ever recorded in Texas was 120 degrees F in Seymour on August 12, 1936. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -23 degrees F at Tulia in 1899 and at Seminole on February 8, 1933.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Lando Is The Way To Go

Why is Spock called "Mr. Spock" by the crew of the enterprise and not referred by his rank? Well, it's adapted from Navy terminology.  Starfleet uses Navy ranks and (when it occurred to them) other navy jargon, e.g. "Number One" for the first officer.

In the Navy, a senior officer will address a junior officer as "Mister".  Kirk called all his officers "Mister", except for the doctor, who has a separate title.  He never called Uhura "Mister", but he did refer to "Mister Saavik" in The Wrath of Khan

It dates back to Royal Navy traditions.  You can see it used in the film Master and Commander, or in the film/book Mister Roberts.  The exact usage depends on the time period; sometimes it was everybody below Commander; sometimes everybody but the Captain.

Star Trek didn't have a military consultant, and they frequently botched the terminology.  To enlisted men, he should be "Lieutenant Commander Spock" (or later, "Commander Spock").  (Not that we saw many of them; nearly everybody seemed to be an "Ensign," even the redshirts.)  The same would go for lower ranks, who should call him "Sir" or his rank.

Romulans' historic lack of fashion sense
is said to have started wars.
If the truth were known -- and I'm about to reveal it -- I'm a fan of Star Trek and Star Wars too, but not a FANatic about it, you know. When I think about electing Captain Kirk to the Presidency, I have to stop and consider the consequences. One of the first things he would do as President would be to go to war against the Romulans just because he hates them so much. Believe me, it would be unwise to go to war against the Romulans, so maybe Captain Kirk isn't the man for the job. Neither is Spock, for that matter, just because he's an elitist Vulcan who looks down that ramp of a nose at any other race.

So how about Luke Skywalker for president? He's sort of a middle-of-the-road Jedi, right? Although he does have family issues that might influence his decision-making AND since we discovered that Princess Leia is his sister, doesn't that make Luke a Prince? Probably not a good idea to elect royalty to the highest office in the land. I mean, the unions would go crazy.

For my money, I'd be willing to back Lando Calrissian as either a Democrat or a Republican. I guess I like Lando mostly because he's got a ton of experience and he's got a great sense of humor. What? You don't recall Lando? Allow me to jog your memory.

Lando Calrissian was Baron Administer of Cloud City and, later, a general in the Rebel Alliance. He was the owner of the Millennium Falcon before losing it to Han Solo in a game of sabacc. After losing the Falcon, Calrissian put an end to his days as a smuggler and became an entrepreneur, setting up a small mining operation on the planet Lothal before eventually becoming the leader of Cloud City in the skies of the planet Bespin.

During the Galactic Civil War, Darth Vader arrived on Cloud City in order to lay a trap for his son, Luke Skywalker. As part of the trap, the Dark Lord of the Sith forced Calrissian into tricking a group of Rebels, including Solo and Princess Leia Organa, leading them to Vader himself. Though Vader promised to leave Cloud City without an Imperial presence, Calrissian felt the deal had been altered to the point where he could no longer tolerate it. Calrissian alerted his citizens to the Galactic Empire's presence and impending occupation, and he ordered an evacuation. He helped the Rebels try to rescue Solo, who had been frozen in carbonite, from Boba Fett, but the bounty hunter escaped.

Calrissian joined the Rebel Alliance and set out to find Solo. After locating him in the palace of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine, Calrissian aided in his rescue. The Rebels returned to the fleet and Calrissian became a general, volunteering to lead the assault on the Death Star II during the Battle of Endor. During the battle, he piloted the Millennium Falcon into the battle station's core, firing the shot that destroyed it.

So, you see, Lando is kind of a big deal. Everybody knows his name, he's a proven quantity, plus, he's black. He'd be a lock if he ran for President.

Electable Grace Jones makes a personal appearance.
How about other Hollywood couples for President/VP? How about Brangelina? He's got great hair and she'd make a lovely First Lady. Or how about Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in a VP role behind Grace Jones?

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have already worked together in the movies so they'd likely make a great team in the White House. Jennifer could take the top slot and Bradley would do better behind the scenes, sort of a Joe Biden type of guy.

But the couple I'd really like to see team up for a run at the White House is Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga. I'd like to see that. I wouldn't vote for them, but I'd like to see it. Shoot, they'd probably win even without my endorsement.