Happy Yom Kippur: the Day of Atonement begins on the evening of 9/19 and ends on the evening of 9/20...
Please see Carbuncle Moon post: 9/19/15
"In America we have something called a national pastime or baseball -- Yank baseball is a little like British cricket except we have flies instead of crickets. There's an irrefutable law in baseball, a universal law, and it goes a lot like this: “Reich one! Reich two! Reich three! Three Reich’s yer rout! No Fourth Reich, boys, not now, not friggin ever.” (posted earlier)
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The ghosts of Sherlock Holmes and Phyllis Diller pass around a corner in Washington DC when they come upon a lynching, and a bag lady of intellectual critical mass...
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Sonic/ Electronic Weapons Attack in Cuba:
"The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an "acoustic attack" using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN.
"A US government official told CNN that the who, where and when point to "an attack" -- the US is investigating whether a third country was involved as "payback" for actions the US has taken elsewhere and to "drive a wedge between the US and Cuba."
"The sophisticated device that operated outside the range of audible sound was deployed either inside or outside the residences of US diplomats living in Havana, according to three US officials.
"One official said the employees could have suffered permanent hearing loss as a result.
"The employees affected were not at the same place at the same time, but suffered a variety of physical symptoms since late 2016 which resembled concussions.
"The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device." - CNN/ 8-10-17
(edited 9-28 & 9/30) & 10/25: Electronic weapons, including ultrasonic, have been an electronic mainstream of American life for some time. Information Unlimited of New Hampshire sells ultrasonic, microwave, and electromagnetic weapons on-line, as do many other vendors. The weapons are portable, can be small, made larger, more powerful, or they can be made by competent electricians, or computer and electronic experts anywhere. EMP bombs can disable electric grids -- airports, hospitals, large parts of our cities -- without physical damage, microwave weapons can kill, ultrasonic weapons can create debilitating nausea, hearing loss, and disabling psychological trauma. American, military-grade microwave, EMP, and ultrasonic devices are combat-level weapons.
Without evidence, to assume it was the Cubans that were responsible for the electronic attacks is subjective. Anyone that might have been able to travel to Cuba and/or was in Cuba could have attacked the embassy employees.
Any statement from U.S. authorities regarding a lack of comprehensive knowledge of electronic torture, harassment, and weapons, if from experts in the FBI, State Department, and/or the CIA is disingenuous.
Please see Electronic Friggin Banshees in the short story section of Carbuncle Moon (scroll down)...
“I was in a motel in Reno and, er, the Thought Police were spyin on me. So, just for fun I took a jar of scaldin hot jalapenos out of the refrigerator and, ah, pretended to rub the juice into my groin or my genital area while I said this: ‘Jalapeno juice is the best treatment on earth for genital crabs -- clears them up overnight.’ The next day, I identified three of the bad guys all the way up the block and, uh, across the street because they were doddering like ancient bow-legged cowboys with forty-pound testicles. They were movin so slow they were quickly passed on the sidewalk by a couple old ladies usin walkers. The pain must have been horrible -- ha ha.”
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"The large eye of Hurricane Maria lumbered toward the popular vacation islands of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas on Thursday, leaving Puerto Rico and its Caribbean neighbors battered, drenched and largely without power.
"The core of Maria, a major hurricane, is forecast to pass just east of the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas early Friday.
"The Category 3 storm has sustained winds of 125 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said.
"In just 24 hours, Maria dumped almost 40 inches of rain on parts of Puerto Rico, where millions of residents won't have power for months. Most of the island saw more than a foot of precipitation as Maria turned streets into raging rivers." CNN (9/22)/ Holly Yan, Euan McKirdy, & Jaide Timm-Garcia
..."273 people have died in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck Mexico on Tuesday (9/19). Officials said 1,900 people had been injured, while thousands have lost their homes. Hopes that more survivors would be found were fading on Thursday.
"Parts of Mexico City have been devastated, but the states of Morelos and Puebla were particularly badly hit. The death toll stood at 73 in Morelos, while authorities in Puebla declared a state of 'extraordinary emergency' in 112 municipalities -- equivalent to 51% of the region." - The Guardian (9/21)/ Adam Gabbatt, Mathew Weaver
"Topos México is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers that was created after a 1985 earthquake. The group posted to Twitter information on how to donate through PayPal and its bank accounts, and thanked people for their support.Topos México ✔ @topos.
"Gracias por ayudar a nuestra labor: Santander 92000709294 CLABE 014180920007092942/ Paypal: email@example.com topos.mx" - New York Times (9/20)/ Aodhan Beirne & Christina Caron
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Happy Rosh Hashanah:
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 20th and ends at sundown September 22nd (Google). It is the year 5778 in the Hebrew calendar.
(added 9/22) The celebration of Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah) is also a celebration of the anniversary of Adam and Eve. It is a time of fasting and prayers.
Please see Carbuncle Moon post of 1/19/15 and 1/3/17...
"I'm drivin in Bangor, Maine, and I, uh, spots this driver wearin a life jacket. I wonders what this guy knows that I don’t. So’s I looks up into the tax ridden sky searchin for storm clouds -- almosts hits a cab. But, naw, nothin up there but the quickest way to Finland if you has a blimp. So, I shrugs my wee shoulders, um, and figures what-the-hell the pre-flood motorist is probably just a lucky bastard out for a large beer. But, then I spots four women speeding recklessly after this guy in a beat up Audi --
"So, heck, maybe the guy’s a good Muslim and his wives, uh, are gonna head him off before he makes it to a bar. Or maybe he’s a good Irish Catholic and his ex-wives are in hot pursuit of alimony. Or maybe it’s four good Rabbis chasin a moil.
"Huh? Well, sure enough, ah, I hears the religious ladies sing out: “Hold up fella, we have to have someone circumcised.
"Whether Muslim, Christian, or Jew, the Irish fella in the life jacket answers up: "No problem darlins, pull over. I'm your man." (posted earlier)
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"If women knew what men, er ah, heterosexual men, thought about them, uh, in a sexual way, they wouldn't get on a public bus. If, uh, heterosexual men knew what gay men thought about them, they, er, um, wouldn't get on the bus. So, um, only black people from segregated neighborhoods in Washington DC would ride the bus..."
(had some help with this one)
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Abraham Lincoln on the end of the United States:
"Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. - January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address, Abraham Lincoln/ from Lincoln Online (posted earlier)
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"Passengers were seen badly burned and covered in blood, after what Met police are treating as a 'terrorist incident' when an explosive device went off on a London Underground train carriage on Friday.
"Parsons Green station has since closed, as well as an entire section of the District Line where it is located.
"Ambulances have taken 18 patients to a number of London hospitals. None are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition." - News 24 Video/ 9-15
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"Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 storm when it crashed through the Caribbean, leaving at least 36 people dead in its wake before moving on to Florida.
"The storm carved out a path of devastation, leaving a trail of extensive damage in small islands like St. Martin/St. Maarten, the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda, the British territories of Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and the US Virgin Islands." - Eliza Mackintosh, Donie O'Sullivan/ CNN (9-2-17)
"Irma has finally relinquished its grip, but the storm that tore a massively destructive and deadly path from the small Caribbean island of Barbuda to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia continues to exact a staggering toll.
The storm is responsible for the deaths of least 67 people in the Caribbean and the Southeast, with 31 of those originating in battered Florida, Georgia and South Carolina." - Pam Wright/ Hurricane News/ The Weather Channel (9/13/17)
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