Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 12, 2014. Short Ramblings this evening. Like many small towns, Holden is celebrating it’s annual “Fall Festival” today and tomorrow. A time to celebrate a harvest and the end of an agricultural cycle. There are carnival rides, musical entertainment, contests, a “Beer Garden” and of course, folks displaying their crafts. A time for families and friends to gather and catch up on lives … and remember folks that have passed on. The main drag in Holden is shut down, and vendors line the streets peddling all kinds of foods and “stuff”. I have images going back to the late 90′s … and I have been walking around, taking pictures and posting them to the ‘Your Probably From Holden …” Facebook page. There will be a parade tomorrow … and my brother VFW and American Legion brethren I will form the Honor Guard. A privilege I enjoy.
Solar storms! (CNN) — Big solar storm hitting Earth. “Big storms are hitting Earth, but you don’t need a raincoat or umbrella. These storms are coming from the sun. It’s raining down a huge amount of solar radiation. We’re safe, but power grids, radios and satellites may be affected. Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events has arrived, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday.” Picture the net result, if our communication or GPS satellites were knocked out. Consider the fact that most of our weapons systems use GPS for targeting. In an air campaign against ISIS … we would be in deep doo-doo!!
Insane: (BBC NEWS) — HIV-positive man ordered to stop virus by Seattle court. “A Seattle judge has ordered an HIV-positive man to stop spreading the disease and to seek treatment after he infected eight people in four years. The man, known only as “AO” in court documents, is required to show up for counseling and to protect future sexual partners. Officials maintain they are not trying to criminalize sexual activity but to protect public health. The man could face fines or jail time if he does not comply.” This pilgrim infected 8 people in four years!!!??? How about you tie his “Johan” in a knot and institutionalize him in an isolation ward? HIV, last I checked, is still a potentially lethal disease.
And as fast food workers continue to campaign for a higher minimum wage: (BBC NEWS) — ‘Boris’ the robot can load up dishwasher. “A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim. “Boris” is one of the first robots in the world capable of intelligently manipulating unfamiliar objects with a humanlike grasp. It was developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham. The team also work with “Bob”, an autonomous robot who recently completed work experience at security firm G4S.” Hmmm … a “humanlike grasp“. This product may have a ready market in the male adult entertainment industry. No doubt a “stroke” of genius.
The find of a lifetime: (BBC NEWS) — China: Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu “A Chinese boy has made the discovery of a lifetime by stumbling across a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in a river in Jiangsu Province. Eleven-year-old Yang Junxi says he touched the rusty weapon’s tip while washing his hands in the Laozhoulin River, in Gaoyou County, the state news agency Xinhua reports.” From all indications … the sword was made in China.
Evidence of Russian military equipment reliability: (BBC NEWS) — Kazakhstan: Officials disable ‘active’ WW2 exhibits. “Officials in Kyzylorda in southern Kazakhstan have reportedly disabled World War Two artillery pieces on display in a local park – possibly taking precautionary measures after pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine managed to restart an old tank sitting on a pedestal in the town of Konstantinovka.” Russian military equipment is designed to be mistreated/rugged, cheap to produce and maintain … and simple to operate. A prime example? A Kalashnikov, (AK-47).
Time to post these Ramblings and walk around at The Festival. Maybe have a corn dog and a funnel cake. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Smoked chicken, french fries and green beans. The movie? “Edge of Tomorrow “. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in this life and Susan to share them with, I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform. Care to join me? Be and sleep well, the best we as a nation have … are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the editorial staff.)