Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FOUR HURRICANES IN TWENTY-SIX DAYS


Four hurricanes of a category three our higher have been recorded since Harvey hit the coast of Texas twenty-six days ago.   This is not an all-time record, but it is among the records. 

According to Bob Henson, a meteorologist for Weather Underground, a forecasting service, “We are running about twice the pace of a typical season.”    Henson notes, “Ten of the fifteen most active hurricane seasons since antebellum America have occurred in the past two decades.”

It is not possible to trace any of these hurricanes to a particular incident of climate change; but, it is an accepted scientific conclusion that man made climate change, caused by the uncontrolled dumping of carbon into our atmosphere, will result in more frequent hurricanes and more violent hurricanes.  






'The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it."   Neil deGrasse Tyson

As ice caps melt sea levels will rise and the salinity of the ocean waters will change.   As seas become diluted oceans currents will shift causing a change in climatic zones.   Warmer oceans, the results of greenhouse effect, will spawn more frequent and more violent storms.


All of this is already happening. 

the Ol'Buzzard






FIVE IN THE MORNING AND WONDERING.





I can remember when people use to have down time.   They would sit quietly on the porch in a rocker or inside in a comfortable chair, smoke, drink coffee or tea or liquor, and just relax and think.



One of the problems with technology is that people don’t have time to think – they are always five minutes away from their cell phone, surfing on their computer or watching TV.   There is no down time.   We are constantly plugged in. 

When I am not involved with some obligation, I don’t do the cell phone or social media (except blogging); but I do watch TV, spend time on the computer, and my time away from technology is reading.     But like everyone else, I don’t have down time to just think and reflect – except early in the mornings when I wake up and don’t feel like going back to sleep – like this morning. 



Did you ever wonder about your doctors?   What school they graduated from and what their grades were? 

Why would someone want to become a podiatrist?   Would some kid graduating from high school decide he really wanted to spend four years as an undergraduate and six years in medical school in order to trim ingrown toe nails, treat athletes foot and prescribe special shoes for deformed feet? 



Don’t get me wrong - we need Podiatrist; but it makes me wonder if he flunked out of internal medicine and surgery and the school gave him the option of podiatry?   


Why would anyone want to go into Podiatry or Dermatology if they could be a brain surgeon or heart surgeon or a General Practitioner?  



Do medical schools, with their motto of ‘Do No Harm,’ tell a student in surgery, whose hand is a little shaky and eyesight not sharp, that they don’t feel he should operate on live people, but they will gladly qualify him as a pathologist where he can do autopsies - surgery on the dead?

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?   It does me.

the Ol’Buzzard




Monday, September 18, 2017

UPDATE ON MY CUISINART SLOW COOKER








I have had my new Cuisinart four quart, three-in-one slow cooker for about a month.   It is expensive when compared to the slow cookers available at Walmart, costing around a hundred dollars; but I expect to have it for many years – as least as many as I have left.

Yesterday I made beef stew.    I started with what Justin Wilson, the old Cajun cook, would call the Trinity: one onion chopped, and equal volume of celery chopped and four garlic cloves chopped.   The Trinity goes directly in the slow cooker set on saute.  

After about three minutes, when the trinity was cooked through, I added two pounds of steak cubed (any kind of steak -I like chuck) liberally sprinkled with Paul Prudhomme’s Meat Magic and a little salt and pepper.   



 Leaving the cooker on saute it took about five minutes to brown the steak; then I add a cup of beef stock and switch the cooking mode to slow cook – on high. 

 After six hours, I switch the cooking mode back to saute, bringing the stew to a good boil (about one minute) and add a mixture of two tablespoons of corn starch dissolved in a quarter-cup of cold water, to the pot as a thickener.  

After a few minutes, when the stew was thick to my liking, I cut the slow cooker off and added my precooked cubed potatoes and carrots: I don’t like vegetables cooked in the stew because I feel they lose their individual flavor and become mushy.

Think of the pots I saved by being able to cook everything in the slow cooker. 

I do most of the cooking at our house and for some reason my wife doesn’t complain.



the Ol’Buzzard


Sunday, September 10, 2017

GOD AND THE FLORIDA HURICANE




LINK: SALVATION ARMY HURRICANE RELIEF




Saturday on a Lester Holt TV news broadcast about expected hurricane damage, the news reporter in Florida interviewed a man walking his dog outside of one of the public shelters. The man was retired and had recently bought property in Florida; he and his wife had had time to evacuate but decided to ride out the storm at one of the shelters.  When asked if he was worried the man responded that their safety ‘was in God’s hands.’  

What the fuck?   A class four hurricane barreling down on you with death and destruction predicted in its wake…   But God is looking after you?

Un-fucking-believable.

We must take care of stupid people along with everybody else.  I urge everyone that can, donate to the Salvation Army, because 100% of your donation will go to flood relief victims.















 




The Ol’Buzzard





   

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

THE LIBERAL REDNECK CALLS IT RIGHT AGAIN


The Liberal Redneck on protesters in Virginia.





the Ol'Buzzard

FEMALE vs MALE ANATOMY







WARNING:  this post may not be suitable for children under twelve and fundamentalist Christians.




You constantly hear males refer to their balls when referring to machismo: He’s got a set of balls…  Why don’t you grow a set of balls…





It seems ridiculous when you realize that a small smack to the nether regions of a male can send him to his knees crying for his mother.   

Now vaginas - those organs are rugged.   They can take a pounding and come right back for more.   They can squirt out a twelve-pound package, twenty inches long and eight inches in diameter, and the woman will be back to work in a few days, and the vagina back functional within a few weeks.



So the next time you hear some guy reference his balls - correct him.  Tell him if he really wants to be tough – he should grow a vagina.

It just seems logical
The Ol’Buzzard




Friday, September 1, 2017

OVERLOAD






The high temperature today was 56 degrees.   Here in western Maine color is starting to show on the trees.  Goldenrod is in full bloom waiting for the first frost which is not far away.  Today I worked on electrical wiring installing a GFCI electrical outlet in the bathroom and my wife began decorating the house for fall. 

There is a lot I could post on today, but it all seems trivial in light of the hurricane damage in Texas and the never-ending outrages that is the daily behavior of the President of the United States.

the Ol’Buzzard






Friday, August 25, 2017

THE EVOLUTION OF THE CONFEDERACY








My grandmother raised me.

She was born in 1890
Her father and uncles fought for the south in the Civil War
You could say she was first generation after the War
My mother would be second generation
And I guess that would make me the third generation post-Civil War.


I was raised in the Mississippi Delta
‘Colored” water fountains
‘Colored’ waiting rooms at the bus station
We did not celebrate July 4th for that was when Vicksburg fell
We did celebrate Confederate’s day
Children dressed in Confederate uniforms
And marched in a parade in Vicksburg.


As abhorrent as they are, the feelings of pride in the Confederacy
And even the racial prejudice of those closest generations to the War
Is understandable when viewed as a time frame
When Confederate soldiers were still alive in some southern communities.


But now it has been seven generations
It’s time to take the fucking statues down
Time to admit the sin the Confederacy was built on
A time to recognize that it is no longer about pride of culture and family
But an excuse for bare and bold face racism: white supremacy.




My great-great grandfather Kelly: as a teenager fought in the Civil War for the South.






My Great-great grandfather Gilliland: fought in the Civil War for the North, died at the Battle of Shiloh.






the Ol’Buzzard


Saturday, August 19, 2017

BOSTON TELLS ALT-RIGHT - UP YOURS!



YOU DON'T FUCK AROUND IN MASSACHUSETTS.   
WITCHES HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE!


Sebastian Murdock 
@SebastianMurdoc


Huffington Post covered the Boston Anti-white supremacy/alt-right rally.     Some great picks.  Check out the link below.



the Ol'Buzzard



ANOTHER ALT-RIGHT GROUP




Some few thoughts to ponder before you attend church.












RE-POST BUT PERTINENT



It is understandable if a person wants to identify themself by their belief in a religion, a church, a political party, an ethnicity…; but it absolutely makes no sense that you would feel the need to identify yourself by what you do not believe.

I do not believe in vampires, werewolves, zombies, big foot, fairies, alien autopsies, ghost or things that go bump in the night.

I do not believe that the world is flat or that the sun rotes around the earth.

I do not believe that dinosaurs and humans existed at the same time

I do not believe that a snake whispered to a woman who ate an apple which brought sin into the world.

I do not believe that a six-hundred-year-old man and his hundred-year-old sons built a boat and sailed on a flood that mixed the world’s salt water and fresh water, carrying two of every animal on earth, and that upon landing a kangaroo hopped twelve thousand miles across three continents to go home to Australia.

I do not believe that a child was born to a virgin.

I do not believe in devils and demons and angles and gods, or in a physical heaven or hell.

I do not believe a man god walked on water, or that a brutal human sacrifice was performed to ‘take away the sins of the world.’

The name Atheist is a religious term that supposes the legitimizing of religious beliefs and proposes to delegitimize anyone that doesn’t accept the fairy tale. 

If you feel the need to attach a name to me to identify what I don’t believe, you might just call me sane – I can live with that.





the Ol’Buzzard


Friday, August 18, 2017

I LOVE MY NEW SLOW COOKER






I do most of the cooking at our house.   My wife usually makes breakfast and often sandwiches for lunch; but her actual cooking expertise is meatloaf (which is a favorite) and pineapple upside down cake for my birthday. 

But supper cooking is mine.  I like to cook.

We have used slow cookers for years – always the inexpensive models like those sold at Walmart.   I have always noticed that it didn’t matter whether you selected low or high heat the slow cookers always boil everything, which means the temperature was at least 212 degrees; but the food turned out good.  

Our old cooker was on the last leg and I was questioning how safe it was to leave if we were away from home.   A replacement was definitely overdue, and my wife suggested I go ahead and buy a more expensive top name cooker.  

Of course, I hit You Tube – now my standard for research.   






The new Cuisinart I bought is fantastic: it can sauté, steam and slow cook.  I can sauté my trinity (onions, celery and garlic) right in the cooker, then  switch to slow cook and add my other ingredience.    The Cuisinart keeps the low temperature below boiling.   I can even brown my meat or steam rice and vegetables right in the slow cooker. 

Barbecue pork


the Ol'Buzzard



TOMATOES, TOMATOES, TOMATOES







For those of you that are not familiar with northwestern Maine, our growing season is short.   We can have frost as late as the first week in June and as early as mid-September.  

That being the case, it is mid-August now and we are just getting our first decent tomatoes and sweet corn. 

I do love tomatoes: good tomatoes, not those tasteless, hot house red things they try to pass off as tomatoes in the supermarkets.   

I will be gorging on tomatoes over the next four to six weeks. 


the Ol’Buzzard

ATHEISM IS A RELIGIOUS TERM









It is understandable if a person wants to identify themself by their belief in a religion, a church, a political party, an ethnicity…; but it absolutely makes no sense that you would feel the need to identify yourself by what you do not believe.

I do not believe in vampires, werewolves, zombies, big foot, fairies, alien autopsies, ghost or things that go bump in the night.

I do not believe that the world is flat or that the sun rotes around the earth.

I do not believe that dinosaurs and humans existed at the same time

I do not believe that a snake whispered to a woman who ate an apple which brought sin into the world.

I do not believe that a six-hundred-year-old man and his hundred-year-old sons built a boat and sailed on a flood that mixed salt water and fresh water, carrying two of every animal on earth, and that upon landing a kangaroo hopped twelve thousand miles across three continents to go home to Australia.

I do not believe that a child was born to a virgin.

I do not believe that statues bleed. 

I do not believe in devils and demons and angles and gods, or in a physical heaven or hell.

I do not believe a man god walked on water, or that a brutal human sacrifice was performed to ‘take away the sins of the world.’

The name Atheist is a religious term that supposes the legitimizing of religious beliefs and proposes to delegitimize anyone that doesn’t accept the fairy tale. 

If you feel the need to attach a name to me to identify what I don’t believe in, me you might just call me sane – I can live with that.





the Ol’Buzzard

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I STOLE THIS FROM LEEANNA'S BLOG





If you aren't tuned into Leeanna's blog:
CAN WE HAVE A NEW WITCH OURS MELTED 
you are missing a good time.








Leanna posted this last week and I am passing it on - she did another one today - check it out.

Older ladies are the best!
the Ol'Buzzard







Saturday, August 12, 2017

BELLICOSE TRUMP







News commentators are constantly proclaiming that Trump is erratic, but he has surrounded himself with excellent advisors by having selected military generals for critical positions. 

The problem with Trump and his bellicose statements is that he is surrounded by military generals. 

If you ask a any career Marine brass how to deal with an international problem, his first answer will always be ‘send in the Marines.’

Military men are trained to see military solutions and to be forceful and bellicose in the face of enemies.  

Trump is a todie hanging out with the big guys and trying to sound like one of them.   He needs to be surrounded by diplomats, not generals.

We are in a dangerous position when we have military Generals advising the President on North Korea diplomacy.  







the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, August 11, 2017

A DAY OF INFAMY



August 11, 1945 - One week after dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and killing 140,000 men, women and children, the United States dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki killing an additional 70,000 human beings.
   
The attack on the twin towers pales in comparison.






the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, August 10, 2017

FIRE AND FURY








LIKE THE WORLD HAS NEVER KNOWN!




There have been five major extinctions charted through the geological record.   That the sixth extinction awaits somewhere in the future is not a question but fact.   Whether that event results from an asteroid impacting the earth or the moon; or the sun boiling away our atmosphere leaving the earth like its sister planet Mars; or a cataclysmic volcanic event…    The question is not if, but when and how. 

There is a new scenario to add to the mix.    3.2 million years ago, a creature came down from the trees and found it could grasp a stick in its tactile hands and beat the brains out of other animals and creatures like itself. 

The 1.6% genetic difference between human and its closest relative in the great ape family allowed development of a creature that has been able to bring most animal groups to the verge of extinction, destroy the rain forest, pollute the rivers and lakes and oceans of the world and contaminate the very air that sustains life on earth.

The earth was able to adjust to man’s destruction for 3 million years.   Then in the early 1900’s, only 100 years ago, the population of man exceeded one billion: thirty years later two billion, thirty years later four billion… five billion, six billion, seven billion; and by 2050 the world human population is charted to reach nine billion.    The ability of the earth to support the consumption of food, water and natural resources required by this human virus is finite.

Only seventy years ago, in the 1940’s man traded the stick in his hand for a nuclear bomb.  Now instantaneous mass destruction brought on by human error or madness is possible.  

For sixty years the sanest among the race have held the reigns on nuclear destruction while building a nuclear arsenal capable of destroying the entire earth seven times over.   

The fear has always been that at some point in the future this power would fall into the hands of a person or persons unstable enough to pull the trigger: fire and fury like the world has never seen.

Seventy-two years later, on the anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we have two psychotic narcissists being goaded by their minions to unleash Shiva the destroyer of worlds – not understanding that the world they will destroy is their own.