Wednesday July 8th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. citizen817 says:

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  4. Mary Van Deusen says:

    A Guardian (Chinese TV cop show) Music Video – Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler

    An action-based music video for the Chinese TV series Guardian. Guardian is set on a planet where there has been peace between the alien invaders, now living beneath the earth, and the surface dwellers. But it looks like the peace is about to end. The two main buddy characters are the Chief of the Special Investigations Division (SID) and the underground Lord who liaisons between the groups. 40 episodes are on YouTube with English captioning.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Thank you Mary. You always bring new and interesting, and beautiful things. Appreciate it. Someone posted a video of a guy watching “Nessun Dorma” for the first time, his response to musical suggestions that people have sent to him. It was touching, he wasn’t brought up with classical music and it was a revelation for him.
      That’s how I feel when I watch your different videos on art. Love it. Thank you

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      • Mary Van Deusen says:

        How incredibly kind you are. Fundamental to me is passion. I’m always thrilled to find something that excites me and I adore sharing them to excite others. Who would have ever guessed that there was this whole world of Asian television with English captions put on them by excited fans?

        And Nessun Dorma! Oh, how it hurt when YouTube took that down. It took me a good year to remake it with another singer so it would be acceptable. Trump! That’s another topic about which I’m absolutely passionate, and why I’m here so that I can be among others who love him, too.

        Trump – Nessun Dorma, from Puccini’s Turandot – Luciano Pavarotti

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        • wondering999 says:

          Mary, I have noticed that there are several people putting out almost identical videos which are getting a LOT of hits. They claim to be ignorant of classical music. LOL it would not surprise me if they are more musically trained than I am, just putting on a YouTube show to get views… but all the same, I get chills listening to Pavarotti sing “Nessun Dorma”, and I am thrilled to learn new things. I think most people do enjoy learning, if the process hasn’t been made degrading and unpleasant

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  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Will There Be Recognition In Heaven?

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    “We have a question which needs answering. We often hear from grace believers and pastors that, in heaven, we will recognize those saints we have known on earth. Please show us from Paul’s epistles where this might be found.”

    We believe there will be recognition in heaven, which, as we are going to see, can be substantiated from Paul’s revelation. But it should be remembered that the subject of recognition in eternity is a biblical principle that transcends the ages and dispensations.

    In Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, the apostle reveals to these dear saints, some of whom were suffering persecution, that their “conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body” (Phil. 3:20,21a). The key phrase here is that these old bodies of humiliation will be “fashioned like unto His glorious body” in the secret resurrection at His coming — the Rapture. In other words, what was true of our Lord’s glorified resurrected body will be true of ours as well. Of course, we know the disciples recognized the resurrected Christ when He appeared to them in the upper room.

    “Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side….And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God” (John 20:27,28). There was no question whatsoever in Thomas’ mind that the One standing before him was the Lord. He clearly recognized Him. In similar fashion, we will be known in glory even as we are presently known, as members of the Body of Christ.

    Additional support for people recognizing each other in eternity can be found in Matthew 8:11, Luke 16:19-31 and John 11:21-26.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/will-there-be-recognition-in-heaven/

    Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
    21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

    John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
    28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

    Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

    Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
    20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
    21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
    22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

    23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
    25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
    26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

    27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
    28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
    29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
    30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
    31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

    John 11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
    22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
    23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
    24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
    26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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  6. Roni says:

    Sundance: “Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.”
    Psalms 112:6

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Scott Joplin……………..no two ways about it………….that is beautiful music to my ears! Always appreciate your selections Mr. Hall! Thank you, ever so much.

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  8. MTeresa says:

    Prayer for the Nation:

    God our Father,
    Thou guidest everything in wisdom and love.
    Accept the prayers we offer for our nation; by the wisdom of our leaders and integrity of our citizens, may harmony and JUSTICE be secured and may there be lasting prosperity and PEACE.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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  9. nimrodman says:

    Ha!
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!

    The Royals haven’t been in the news for awhile, but here’s
    Woke Harry, badgering the Commonwealth to ‘acknowledge’ its ‘past wrongs’

    “… the prince looked like he was being ‘held hostage’ on the call.”
    Body-language expert says Harry looks “awkward” and “trapped”

    “Whipped” would be more like it

    I reckon

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  10. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  11. SGH says:

    Tom Hanks is in an NBC article with a CHIN STRAP on in his photo! (My news feed- phone). The headline was something to the effect of him saying, “Everyone doing their part is so simple.”
    Is the bottom of our faces now subject to attack from the China virus?! I haven’t been paying attention.

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  12. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    It’s a tradition down here…

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  13. Dora says:

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! “The Gangsterization of the Democrat Party”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/07/the_gangsterization_of_the_democrat_party.html

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  15. Dora says:

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    • Gary says:

      There are no good Americans to the left Anyone working inside the framework of a Constitutional Republic must be destroyed and forgotten, race has nothing to do with what the end goal is.

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      • Bob says:

        But none of us do anything to make them stop! We write and talk enough to topple the whole leftist movement …..but talk is cheap and words are easy to hide behind.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      There was a case of religious statues being destroyed there too, as well as other thug actions, so it’s an ongoing issue.

      The Douglas statue ‘spin’ is already in the mill. The possibility that public-school-educated thugs just got carried away in their ethnic cleansing, their enthusiasm being fired by their ignorance, was being floated but so was the heavily supported proposition that it was white supremacists showing their anger at their racist symbology being torn down they’ve launched yet another campaign of black intimidation. Seems to be a contest as to whom can find – or create out of whole cloth – the most obscure examples of white perfidy.

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  16. judyw says:

    “Noble people have roots and cannot be controlled.
    To control a mass of people, you intensely—-
    1) demoralize them
    2) emotionalize them
    3) traumatize them
    Then you have control of them.”

    Roy Masters
    Foundation for Human Understanding

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  17. P says:

    2 Timothy 3:1-17

    1 This know also, that in the last days shall come perilous times.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, cursed speakers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, intemperate, fierce, no lovers at all of them which are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God,

    5 Having a show of godliness, but have denied the power thereof: turn away therefore from such.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive simple women laden with sins, and led with divers lusts,

    7 Which women are ever learning, and are never able to come to the acknowledging of the truth.

    8 And as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth, men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

    9 But they shall prevail no longer: for their madness shall be evident unto all men, as theirs also was.

    10 ¶ But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of living, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience,

    11 Persecutions, and afflictions which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, which persecutions I suffered: but from them all the Lord delivered me.

    12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.

    13 But the evil men and deceivers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

    14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and which are committed unto thee, knowing of whom thou hast learned them:

    15 And that thou hast known the Holy Scriptures of a child, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    16 For the whole Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable to teach, to convince, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness,

    17 That the man of God may be absolute, being made perfect unto all good works.

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+3&version=GNV;AKJV

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
    Matthew 10:30 (KJV)

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  19. duchess01 says:

    I Chose Not To Wear A Mask Forgive Me

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  20. just stevie says:

    THE WILL TO LOYALTY

    “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” Joshua xxiv. 15

    Will is the whole man active. I cannot GIVE UP my will, I must exercise it. I must WILL to obey, and I must WILL to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives a vision of truth it is never a question of what He will do, but of what we will do. The Lord has been putting before us all some big propositions, and the best thing to do is to remember what you did when you were touched by God before – the time when you were saved, or first saw Jesus, or realized some truth. It was easy then to yield allegiance to God; recall those moments now as the Spirit of God brings before you some new proposition.

    “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” It is a deliberate calculation, not something into which you drift easily; and everything else is in abeyance until you decide. The proposition is between you and God; do not confer with flesh and blood about it. With every new proposition other people get more and more “out of it,” that is where the strain comes. God allows the opinion of His saints to matter to you, and yet you are brought more and more out of the certainty that others understand the step you are taking. You have no business to find out where God is leading, the only thing God will explain to you is Himself.

    Profess to Him – ‘I will be loyal.’ Immediately you choose to be loyal to Jesus Christ, you are a witness against yourself. Don’t consult other Christians, but profess before Him – I will serve Thee. WILL to be loyal – and give other people credit for being loyal too.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 8th Devotional

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  21. Dora says:

    Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s Company TerraMar Tied to Global Elites

    More details are coming to light days after the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell on June 2nd, 2020. The woman famous for her attachments to the late Jeffrey Epstein is turning out to have been perhaps more of the mastermind than first thought.

    https://repub.li/ghislaine-maxwell-and-jeffrey-epsteins-company-terramar-tied-to-global-elites/

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    • Right to reply says:

      Wednesday
      Sep 25
      2013

      Sustainable Oceans Alliance
      Commitment by: The TerraMar Project
      Partners: Michael Dorsey; Global Partnerships Forum
      In 2013, the TerraMar Project committed to launch the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) to mobilize the international community and the public at large on the importance of the Oceans and the Seas and to ensure that the 193 UN Member States recognize and incorporate oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted in 2015.

      https://www.clintonfoundation.org/press-releases/president-clinton-former-secretary-clinton-and-chelsea-clinton-unveil-new-commitments

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      • Right to reply says:

        Everything you need to know about Scott Borgerson, the tech CEO who has been tied to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell
        https://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-scott-borgerson-ceo-ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-cargometrics-2019-8

        Borgerson’s company –
        CargoMetrics, a start-up investment firm, is not your typical money manager or hedge fund. It was originally set up to supply information on cargo shipping to commodities traders, among others. Now it links satellite signals, historical shipping data and proprietary analytics for its own trading in commodities, currencies and equity index futures. … There was an air of excitement in the office that day because the signals were continuing to show a slowdown in shipping that had earlier triggered the firm’s automated trading system to short West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures. Two days later the U.S. Department of Energy’s official report came out, confirming the firm’s hunch, and the oil futures market reacted accordingly. … in this era of globalization 50,000 ships carry 90 percent of the $18.5 trillion in annual world trade. … “My vision is to map historically and in real time what’s really going on in economic supply and demand across the planet” … building a “learning machine” that will be able to automatically profit from spotting and publicly traded security that is mispriced, using what he refers to as systematic fundamental macro strategies. … CargoMetrics was one of the first maritime data analytics companies to seize the potential of the global Automatic Identification System. Ships transmit AIS signals via very high frequency (VHF) radio to receiver devices on other ships or land.
        http://www.muhrsmustreads.com/tags/Trading

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      • Janie M. says:

        The grifting Clinton$ don’t have an altruistic bone in their body. They have discovered a way to profit from this Project.

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  22. mandy says:

    Age is another factor to consider when looking at expatriation locations. Now, I know the US has had excellent healthcare in the past, but one thing the coronahoax has demonstrated is that those days have been brought to a close. If you’re older or have a sickly constitution, before you make your final decision on where to “escape the US,” research the destination’s health care system. As always, JMO and YMMV.

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  23. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous catch of fish from the deep (Luke 5: 4):

    1. How the Apostles put out to sea, and, with the Lord’s blessing, caught a great number of fish.
    2. How I remain empty and hungry as long as I stand in the shallows at the water’s-edge of my physical senses, and attempt to catch strength and wisdom there.
    3. How I must set out into the spiritual deep, with the blessing of the Lord, and take a good catch there.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau).

    Today is June 25th on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 8th on the civil or commercial calendar.

    The Apostles’ Fast

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  24. billshiloh says:

    For anyone who hasn’t already i would like to ask for prayers for Rush Limbaugh.
    He is a champion for conservatives and for America.
    America cannot afford to lose his voice in the fight for the soul of America.
    PLEASE ALMIGHTY GOD SPARE THIS MAN!

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  25. daylight58 says:

    WAPO is reporting that Lt. Colonel “Pillsbury Doughboy” Vindeman is leaving the Army.

    Don’t let the gate slam you in the butt, dude.

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  26. czarowniczy says:

    Sort of left (Left?) unsaid in this rush to a Biden election come November is the promised payment of reparations promised to black Americans if he does win. There’s no doubt the black caucus will push to fulfill that promise and that should prove interesting.

    How much money will be given to each claimant and how will a claimant’s degree of blackness for eligibility be determined? How will aggrieved Hispanics feel about being ‘persecuted’ and not being included? How about black Hispanics? How about where the money’s going to come from and what the payout’s potential would be for crashing the economy through 1970s-like inflation?

    Get ready to open your purse as the Rats pay back these rioters spreading fear before the election. From wholesale handouts predicated on the actions of those long dead to the forgiveness of student loans gone to fund questionable degrees and single-payer health insurance that will cost billions and ration healthcare, we’re staring the New America.

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    • mandy says:

      I think we get MMT in the New America, though, right? Which means taxes won’t need to be collected for the reparations, the gov’t will just print it out of thin air. Pretty much what they do now, lol….

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Thing is that the foreign investors will be less willing to buy US debt and they account for a lot of our abilities to throw money around freely.
        Print they will and spend they must, they’ve backed themselves into a corner. Watch taxes go up, watch the ‘death tax’ expand and quite possibly a whole host of user fees to appear. I’d watch that inflation thing too, just in case the Green New Deal fails.

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        • mandy says:

          USD as world reserve currency coming to an end? I fully expect that to happen as the US continues to slide into … well, whatever you want to call the pit that we’re sliding into, lol. As with so many things, the question is the TIMING….

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Russia and Iran were working on replacing the dollar with a basket of oil-related currencies as the reserve. China’s been selling foreign monies it holds and buying gold like mad. Meanwhile we’ve based our currency on san ever shaky base of valuation…hello Weimar Republic.

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            • wondering999 says:

              Exactly what I’m thinking. “Reparations” for WWI was part of the program that squashed the German economy, left people hungry, desperate, out of work and ready for a totalitarian dictatorship. And the only thing the kids get taught in school is “Germans bad” — they have no idea how a malicious plan can destroy and divide up an industrious, fun-loving nation, and blow it to smithereens, literally

              Please God this is not what I want for my beloved America

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              • czarowniczy says:

                We (WW2 allies) let the Russians keep some 20,000+ Allied POWs as slave labor to repay Stalin (my educated opinion) for his taking the brunt of turning the Germans and our delaying our opening a 2nd Front in the West. We’re all pawns when you come right down to it.

    • budklatsch says:

      Most recently the Woke Left has challenged the ‘right’ of white people to even show support, mentor etc blacks in any capacity. I imagine Barack must have grave conflicts since his white grandparents stepped in when his black father left him and his white mother died. Woe to him.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        And without white support where would the entire Civil Rights, not to mention BLM, movement be?
        I think the deep involvement of Jewish people in the entire Civil Rights movement, from Day One to today, and the combination of the BLM and anti-Semitic groups must be particularly galling. The June BLM riots in LA where numerous Jewish-owned hi-end stores in Beverly Hills were targeted, looted and vandalized, a Krystallnacht-lite, went unreported and uncommented on even by the Hollywood elite. Don’t feed the animals.

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  27. jb says:

    Just read somewhere that “Lt. Col.” Vindman has retired from the army.

    Does anyone here know if this is true?

    Good news (that he is gone)?
    or bad news (now it’s harder to get info (like his collaborators) out of him?

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  28. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    This “expert” needs to be benched before he sends America to the Minors.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      He’s enjoying his 15 minutes and working for his spot as a footnote in history. If it weren’t for a fortuitous pandemic he wouldn’t even have been a donut crumb in the index.

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      • Janie M. says:

        cz! Glad you are here. Wanted to share an article I read the other day at Science Daily. Since we have both served, I figured you would find it as interesting as I did. Anything which can reduce casualties, etc. is a step in the right direction.

        nanofiber protects against explosions, extreme temps
        Material could protect soldiers, firefighters, astronauts and more
        Date: June 29, 2020
        Source: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

        Summary:
        Researchers have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from both extreme temperatures and ballistic threats.

        https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200629120206.htm

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Anyone who’s been in combat knows that artillery is the Queen of Battle, the main reason we wear helmets is to protect against shrapnel, not bullets.

          I still have my ‘bulletproof’ vest from Vietnam, it’s heavy steel plate front and rear and you can’t walk worth a **** in it, it’s heavy as hell. I also have my shrapnel vest, it’ll protect against light pieces but at some point the bigger ones will sail thru. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t right up until fairly recent times.

          The newer plate carrier systems use an upgraded but still somewhat bulky and sized to protect ‘vital’ areas instead of the whole torso…and then there are the head, legs and arms still open and potentially lethal. If the new materials do pan out and it gives the troops some degree of protection from shrapnel and thermal injury with less of a sacrifice in mobility, go for it.

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          • Janie M. says:

            And obviously, L.E. would be beneficiaries of this invention. Hope it isn’t too cost prohibitive. These innovations are truly amazing.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I’m used to special individuals (many with Congressional connections) profiting off of the troops. If it works, that takes the sing out of it but if it’s like some crap I used over the decades that not only doesn’t work but puts our butts in peril…torches and pitchfork time.

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  29. Janie M. says:

    Recent article from wiseGEEK.

    Where Is the Quietest Place on Earth?
    Last Modified Date: 07 July 2020

    If silence is golden, then Microsoft has constructed the Fort Knox of quiet spaces.
    According to Guinness World Records, the B87 anechoic chamber inside Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, is the quietest place in the world, with an ambient noise reading that reaches 20 decibels below the threshold of human hearing.

    More at:
    https://www.wisegeek.com/where-is-the-quietest-place-on-earth.htm

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  30. USA Citizen says:

    President Trump’s niece MARY TRUMP wrote a book about her uncle, President Donald J. Trump, and she really said some nasty things about her uncle, President Trump. President Trump’s niece Mary Trump sounds like a very jealous niece, probably because her father was an alcoholic and never amounted to anything and then died of alcoholism. Jealousy is a SIN! Mary Trump needs help!

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    • wondering999 says:

      I read an article about the book, and suspect it will backfire, yet another of many backfires. Who doesn’t have an unhappy, spiteful relative someplace, projecting their bitterness out onto everybody else? I pray even harder for President Trump, and the rest of us also. It’s rough to have enemies so close to home.

      and yet, look at how our President speaks positively and works his tail off, despite all that. Inspires me even more.

      Give up, Mary Trump — you’ve embraced a losing strategy of bitterness, division and greed, and it won’t work. President Trump’s Base stays with him. not the sad NYT

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  31. rondo123456 says:

    One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying: There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

    There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

    The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

    We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

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  32. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You. Also, we pray for Angels to protect and support our Sundance as he works for justice and peace.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  33. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  34. gigi says:

    Can we muzzle Fauci now? Enough with this ivory-tower a-hole. Clearly he doesn’t live in the real world and apparently doesn’t have to. The man is clueless.

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