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The stars, the stars, and the Planet Mars.


Two months from now – on July 27, 2018 – it’ll be Mars’ opposition, its first opposition in two years and its best one since 2003. Jupiter is brighter than Mars now, but just wait! From about July 7 to September 7, 2018, Mars will supersede Jupiter in brightness … and it’ll shine with a red color!

In fact, in late July, Mars will shine better than 30 times brighter than stars like Spica and Antares, two of the brightest stars in our sky.

I officially don't believe in Heavenly Portents. But I was just walking my dog and the sky was brilliant, a huge moon and Jupiter next to it, Spica and Antares gleaming like the massive alien orbs they are --

So I looked it up.

Mars. Red in the sky. Thirty times brighter than Spica.

Coming July 7th.

For some reason the superstitious peasant/primate in me says this sounds just about right, and on so many levels.

Oh, but posh.

Mere lights in the sky. Baubles, the playthings of gods and the mysteries of man.

(Mars grant us the luck to set things right and right soon)


Get Back To The Love Train, Man.

Beautiful. Those days are not gone; they're in my soul.

I'd love to see the DU Hate Mail Bag right about now.

Been a long time.

I bet it's wickedly sick and stupid.

"Y'know, ya'll talk about Russian oligarchs running the USA like it's a bad thing."

-- Conservative Thing To Say #543, coming soon to a conversation near you.

Lately I am reminded that conservatives rarely survive without wiser portions of the population restricting them from their own impulses. In these days, conservatism has become defined as whatever angers liberals; remove the liberals from the equation, allow the conservatives to fully experiment with their fuzzy libertarian/death cult ideas, and they're all dead in a generation. Our sense of community and patriotism has denied them Darwin's calculus.

We are required by circumstances and habit to save ourselves and these dysfunctional selfish/useless primates from their own urge for self-immolation. It's expensive. Without the constant drain conservatives place on society through general cheating and constant attempts to drive off the cliff, the better part of our society would probably already be lunching on the moon.

There are no good answers for us other than vigilance, honor, and education. But sometimes I wish I hadn't been born into these Dark Ages. What a waste of time this crap is. What a load of malarkey we have to wade through to get to the future.

Meanwhile -- conservatives Cheat, Steal, Lie About It, and eventually insist It's a Good Thing. Expect this.

"I like vodka. Don't you like vodka? What kind of unpatriotic Russia-hater are you? Vlad's a strong leader, he'll know how to make America great again." This from the man wrapped in a flag wearing a flag hat with a flag fanny pack and flag shoes and a flag belt waving a flag.

Man they're a heavy load. Heavy and they're not very brother-like. Just a little shove at the next corner --

But no. Must carry their dead weight into the future with us.


Yes We Can.

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