Lunar Transits – I Keep Waking Up When The Moon Is Overhead

Since I  started following the tides, I’ve been theorizing that my bouts of insomnia are related to the lunar position. So when I wake up in the middle of the night, I go outside, and sure enough, it seems the moon is consistently roughly overhead, regardless of phase. This could, of course be an aftereffect of my becoming increasingly aware of the moon’s position and phase, but it seems interesting, any way. 

So, I started looking at ways to look at lunar meridian passings and such. Found some interesting sites that I’d like to remember to check back with from time to time.

http://www.geoastro.de/TransitCulm/index.html

http://www.calsky.com/cs.cgi?&Meteo=

 

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The Cultural Adaptation Of A Kid

I was driving my nephew home from Five Guys Burgers after school the other day, and he says “This is close to where Grandma lives.” I was a little confused, “Your Grandma is in Haiti.” (Turns out she’s in Canada, but she was still in Haiti until recently.) “Do you mean your Daddy’s mom? Did she move down here?”  “No, my brown-skin Grandma.” I was perplexed, but then he went on to start telling me about Martin Luther King, Jr. “We wouldn’t be friends if it wasn’t for him. It would’ve been against the law.” or something, I don’t remember the exact words, but I was caught off guard.

Apparently one of his babysitters has been teaching him about Martin Luther King, which I suppose is normal enough, but it also immediately set off warning bells. I’ve already watched one nephew grow through high school with its black studies cirriculum, and watched the struggle that seemed to me as a long distance observer to have coincided. It immediately made me wonder if it had anything to do with the bad behaviour he was showing early in the week when he first started staying over. (he’s settled down, since I try to get him out of the house to do something after school now). It made me wonder and worry, is he starting to get the kind of teaching that leads to “angry young black man” syndrome?

I immediately begin to suspect “brown skin” Grandma isn’t Haitian, as it seems Haitians don’t largely foster the  same cultural resentment towards whites as it sure seems like a large segment of American blacks do. As a guy who will likely be watching this kid grow through his teenage years, I sure don’t want to see him go the AYBM route. I have no idea how big this nephew will grow to; my other nephew was in his 6 foot threes when he went through that phase of his life. So, there’s the “hey, I just want to distance myself from that attitude” self-interest involved, as well as the “hey, I’d really like to see this kid turn out all right” part, which I suppose is in everyone’s interest.

I really wasn’t going to share this, I mean some day the kid’s going to grow up, and maybe even read my public scribblings. But, you know, I stumbled across some sites today that made me think of it. Because, well, while I share some of the concerns of white folk who are worried about the future of white folk, it’s a little troubling to see how some of them, us, I guess, express our concerns. There are certainly plenty of problems in America, both black and white. Our current batch of elected officials are bitter politicians, not public servants, and there is good reason to be concerned. The one thing all of us can do, is reach out where it makes sense to.

update: some reading. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/19/us/king-speeches-never-heard/

unfortunately, I think many have absorbed this culture in negative ways, for instance when Representative Sheila Jackson Lee says “I stand here as a freed slave…”, I think she believes it, one, and two, she is completely unaware of how ridiculous saying stuff like that makes her look to an outsider.

Virtue

A man who’s only skill appears to be spreading the gospel of divisiveness. The focus of the problem isn’t that this mad ideologue was elected, the problem is the character of the people who elected him. He’s just a tool being used by people intent on bringing about the destruction of the moral character of the country. Moral doesn’t have to mean religious, but that’s how the left sees everything. And they want to destroy it, because to them, it represents oppression. They will not be content to live and let live, they are of single-minded purpose: destroy that which we’ve been taught to hate. And hate is what they do. Go look on msnbc at the relentless bullying, (you don’t have to watch, so I don’t know if that’s technically the right word, in this case), of anyone of sensible character. Look at their treatment of Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, any target they fix on. It’s not just msnbc, of course, but they’re the most obvious agitator/propaganda propagator.

When I read up on Sidney the other night, the recurring theme in all of his thoughts on government were tied to virtue, or lack thereof. However you define it, I don’t believe it’s necessarily religious in nature, but for sure, people who adhere to religion on a personal level strive to be people of virtue. The people who hate religion, not mere non-believers, but the people who aggressively criticise religion, (mainly Christianity, as we see, they rarely have a peep to say in criticism of islam or even hindu, for that matter), do it in such a vicious manner, that there is nothing redeeming about it. These people are simply nasty for the sake of nastiness. And these are the kind of people who are promoting like-minded people into public office, the kind of people Sidney warned about: liberty can not survive when these people are in power. And we are seeing it every day.

Good luck, Little Sisters of the Poor. The latest target of the rabid destroyers of freedom.

Where Did Our Founders Get The Crazy Notion To Start A Republic, Anyway?

A lot of interesting reading material, if you, like myself, are really curious at what kind of country our Founding Fathers were trying to set up.

After reading a few selected articles by and about  Algernon Sidney, I’m convinced his line of thought is deep at the heart in the story of what the founders considered, in drawing up The Declaration of Independence, and eventually The Constitution.

Here’s a link dump, without explanation or commentary, at the moment.

http://t.co/VgpbEUNkb2

http://t.co/5xCINRbrj5

http://t.co/VZyqyYDQ9N

http://t.co/rV18kdWas4

http://t.co/TwOb66nsqf

 

 

 

https://archive.org/details/anintroductiont00cushgoog