5 Songs for Full Moon Monday…7 August 2017!

The full moon would be a lovely sight to see tonight, if the weather would only cooperate. Still, I can only hope that the clouds and haze today will be gone a fortnight from now, in order for us to get a perfect, crystal-clear viewing of the upcoming Solar Eclipse! An astronomical event such as this is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence which simply must be seen, if you’re fortunate enough to live in, or near, the path of totality. We’re picking up our eclipse-viewers from our optometrist later on today, as getting those from a reputable source is vital.

Creativity burgeons under the full moon and I enjoy listening to music when writing, so please enjoy these five songs…which have nothing to do with the moon!

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Monday Memes & Music! (Re-blogged)

’tis Tuesday, and the next few days will see record-breaking heat here on the coast.

My mind is still mush after the madness of the Mid-Year Mayhem seasonal event in-game, and I’ll be sorting through my latest screen-shots for future posts. For now, I offer this re-blog of Monday memes and music!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I hoped that there would be a new episode of “Last Week Tonight” to post today, but I think that I got the schedule mixed up with another show! Enjoy these Monday memes and a bit of music, instead.

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Lughnasadh Blessings…2017!

August is here…blessed Lughnasadh, everyone! Enjoy these serene images and fun-filled songs.

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Happy Friday…5 August 2016!

My thoughts are on my new computer…I got a text from the shop that is building it, showing me how the building process is going so far. I can’t wait to use it! So begins the countdown to some serious game-time this weekend…for now, why not watch the five videos at the end of this post? Four are gaming-related, featuring yours truly – virtually, of course! The last one refers to the nickname I’ve given my new machine, honoured in an awesome AC / DC song. Remember the movie that had this on the soundtrack? There’s your clue…enjoy!

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Well, that was easy…

…just a couple of mouse-clicks, and here I am at the layout that I’m used to, with the other junk in another tab – now I see some of what I was missing on BOTH pages, LOL! I love my brain…it solves most problems quite easily – problematic people are another story, entirely!

Time for some New Moon music on a Tuesday afternoon – which is the perfect song to start this 5-song post! Enjoy…

Final Friday Free-for-all!

It’s the final Friday of August, 2015, and a full moon is brewing on Saturday (18:35 UT). I have gained some new followers – welcome! I’m glad that you came to visit and decided to stay awhile. Some have passed through and decided that I wasn’t their cup o’ tea, which is fine…I figure that if they followed me for at least a day, I struck a chord or a nerve somewhere and somehow. Those people figured that I was a “Nervytwerp” and went on their way. I know that there is at least one individual who has been here from the get-go: I still see you, Hernie!     😛

To all of you newbies, thanks for stopping in and sitting for a spell; for those who have been here since the beginning of 2015, I’m pleased to make your acquaintance, such as it is! Check out my ‘About’ page, read my older posts, and take a look-see at my gaming guild-site if you can find it – I tend to hide things in plain sight, LOL

Here are five songs for my enjoyment…if you like them as well, so much the better!

Tuesday Tidbits

 

Sailing around the world via the Interwebs, looking at the goings-on. I’ll start at home and meander outwards…

The wildfires here in Washington state are the worst in recorded history. The fire near Twisp amazed even seasoned veterans in its fury – one minute, the brush was ablaze…just a couple of hours later, three young men were dead and a fourth is fighting for his life with burns over 60% of his body. I believe that he has been upgraded from “critical” to “stable,” at last report – he has a long road of painful healing ahead. Burns are among the worst trauma the body can suffer, because the largest organ, the skin, is compromised. I found a website that has regular updates of the fires, the smoke path, air quality conditions, and other details. The link is below:

Wildfire Today | News & opinions about wildland fire

On the economy: it is no surprise that, mere days after the stock market in China collapsed, global markets tumbled as well. From Al-Jazeera:

Global markets rebounded Tuesday after China’s central bank cut its key interest rate to support growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Earlier, China’s main stock index closed sharply lower for a fourth day.

European markets recovered almost all their losses from Monday, with most rising at least 4 percent, while U.S. stocks were expected to open higher and oil prices rebounded.

Hours after China’s Shanghai stock index slumped to close 7.6 percent lower — adding to Monday’s 8.5 percent loss and taking the benchmark to its lowest level since Dec. 15 — the central bank swung into action.

China cut its interest rates for fifth time in nine months in a renewed effort to shore up economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The central bank said the benchmark rate for a one-year loan will be cut by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6 percent and the one-year rate for deposits will fall by a similar margin to 1.75 percent.

The bank also increased the amount of money available for lending by reducing the minimum reserves banks are required to hold by 0.5 percentage points.

The move came as Beijing appeared to be abandoning a strategy of having a state-owned company buy shares to stem the market slide. There have been no signs of large-scale purchases by the China Securities Finance Corp. during the past week.

“The fear is that the Chinese economy is slowing at an alarming pace and that the domestic policy makers have fallen well behind the curve,” said an analyst at Credit Agricole CIB in a report.

I have a modest 401k which rode out the last big drop a few years back – I keep an eye on my finances, believe it or not – so the only thing to do is sit back and let it ride…regardless of what that bogus hack Jim Cramer says!

I’m very glad that I don’t live in North or South Carolina – I guess I’m used to the subtle, insidious racism of the Pacific Northwest, not the blatant hatred on the East Coast and in the Deep South. It exists in every state, but some are clearly worse than others! Someone on another blog opined that things in the U.S. are better now, since “strange fruit” isn’t swinging from trees anymore. I beg to differ, as would Lennon Lacy’s family, but hey – I’m not going to burst anyone’s bubble. People are free to believe what they wish…

Besides, who needs lynch mobs when so-called “peace officers” can shoot unarmed Black people with impunity?

The young ladies abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 498 days, now – that is 54 days longer than the American hostages were held in Iran…very sad. Gut-wrenching. Maddening. Tomorrow marks “Women’s Equality Day,” but to most men (and a lot of women), that simply means that females should have the right to walk topless in Times Square.

Indigenous Canadians face the same voting issues that Black people here in the U.S. do – the gutting of voting rights.

The NRA is royally pissed off at the City of Seattle over a ‘gun violence’ tax.

People who thought that being a cheating douchebag is a good thing, found out the hard way that it really isn’t…in their case, life really WAS “too short!” It’s hard for me not to laugh over that whole thing – yes, schadenfreude is something that I feel from time to time. I must be human, after all…contrary to popular belief!

Seriously, though, if marriage isn’t for you – then don’t get married! It seems so simple…

I’ll close with something positive – AfroPunk Festival 2015! I wanted to be there, but I attended in spirit. It has to be refreshing! Just once, to go someplace and just be myself without feeling scrutinized, degraded, and under a microscope simply for having dreadlocks. To be able to walk around in Levi’s, a leather vest, a big-ass hat and my motorcycle boots…and nobody would bat an eyelash. To thrash around wildly and fling my dreads in head-banging glee, and not stand out like a sore thumb. I would love to just feel free.

I’ve been wanting to attend it since 2010, and the closest I got was in 2012…but the motorcycle had other ideas, and the timing just wasn’t right. I’ll get there one of these days…sooner than later, for sure!

Closing with a song…enjoy.

 

Saturday Saturnalia…

…just because!

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Midweek Musings: 19 August 2015

Quite a few things going on this week, as usual. People are still blasting Bill Cosby over the allegations of drugging and raping quite a few women, so his career is essentially over, as more and more women keep falling out of the woodwork. I guess someone, somewhere, is happy about taking him down. It’s a shame, really – I used to have quite a bit of respect for the man. He’s the only famous individual, other than the original jazz and blues musicians themselves, who kept REAL jazz and the blues in the forefront. I can’t say that I liked the venue he chose for his annual blues event, but that’s not the issue. Still, it’s quite strange that people attack his WIFE over his actions, even though his male co-stars (and Hugh Hefner himself) most likely knew what Cosby was doing. If making jokes about drugging women is all that it takes to accuse someone of rape, then round up every comedian who has ever done so. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong joked about it multiple times in their albums and movies, after all – so send the mob after them! Take down that pedo creep Woody Allen, too – he shouldn’t have been able to marry Soon-Yi, but nobody bats an eye or utters a peep about that disgusting cretin. What about Mary Kay Letourneau, and any other teacher who preys on young boys or girls? It boggles the mind, it does…meanwhile, Jared Fogle, former Subway spokesman, paid for sex with minors and received child pornography from the now-convicted, former director of his charity. Classy. Oh, incidentally, it’s important to remember that Cosby STILL hasn’t been actually CHARGED with anything, unlike Fogle, who has apparently been allowed a “plea agreement.”

Speaking of drugs, this so-called “women’s Viagra” is just wrong on many levels. It doesn’t boost libido. It is, essentially, an SSRI pill that needs to be taken over a long period of time, not one hour before sex, like Viagra. We know what SSRIs are used for, so say it with me: SSRIs are used to ease DEPRESSION and ANXIETY. So, ladies, apparently we need an ’emotion-regulating’ drug to have sex. Yeah, right…it’s all in our minds! I think that looking at men like the one below would do better than a pill, personally…and yes, I know that there are women who would rather look at other women – well, there are plenty of pictures out there that are almost TOO easy to find!

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Credit: thestir.cafemom.com

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The ‘Wild West’ is a veritable tinderbox. Fires rage in eight states: many were caused by ‘dry’ lightning, while one was sparked by a small-plane crash. We need rain badly, but the forecast shows no measurable precipitation any time soon. A burn ban has been in effect since the end of April, which is usually the wettest month around here. The only good think about the lack of rain (trying to think positive, here) is that the mosquito population is the lowest I’ve seen, yet! I can actually venture outside without surrounding myself with netting, early in the mornings or just before dusk.

Credit: abcnews.go.com

Well, I’m going back to my self-indulgent project – hopefully I’ll have it figured out and ready to post by the weekend! Until then, enjoy the following clip from John Oliver’s show. It’s brilliantly done!

Credit: jokideo.com

Musical Monday…

It must be Monday! I was asked a question the other day, which seems to be, on its surface, quite rhetorical. I hate answering rhetorical questions, so if the person who did so would kindly ask it in the ‘Open Thread’ part of my blog, I might be able to get around to it. Otherwise, I’ll just track down their email and address the non-issue there, since I’m not one who gets in long debates in the comment sections of any blog, whether I follow it or not. You know who you are, LOL – I’m not one who feels the need to “call someone out” unless I’m being complimentary!

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On that note, enjoy these three songs. I can’t say that I feel particularly snarky, but I’m definitely not in a mood to be interrogated about a casual observation!

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Credit: soundfuel.blogspot.com

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