Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and one of the oldest man made structures in the world.. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley, Ireland.

I contains chambers and passageways, and is adorned with Neolithic art .  The building is aligned with the rising sun and its light floods the chamber on the winter solstice.  Newgrange shares many similarities with other Neolithic constructions  in Scotland and Wales.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however Newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wickerman festival pre-dates Christianity

Effigy burns during the Wickerman Festival

The wickerman sets the skies of southern Scotland alight for the Wickerman Festival at East Carswell, near Dundrennan, on Sunday night.

hummingbirds among wildflowers

jpr: I has a wildflower patch (20 sq ft) to which a pair of hummers visit each morn at 6:30 am sharp.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Call for Wisdom! Tell me Micks, whazup with Senior (la pope) Francis?

Liberation Theology, is a political movement in Catholic theology which interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ in relation to a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It has been described by proponents as "an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor's suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor", and by detractors as Christianized Marxism (should be mentioned that Marx's ideas have gained some relevance in recent years).  Social Workers and such, at least ones in my generation, study it closely.

It's been around quite a while and got some good traction in South America - and from the threat it represented to those with wealth and/or power, many executions of clergy and lay workers followed*.  The Pope seems to be taking a "baby step" in that direction. How far do you think he'll go and how far will he get before World Leaders have him Off'd?  In my view the Pope is Stepping Up!  What do you think?

As the scion of the Irish poor, defamed, and oppressed I cannot be but deeply moved by the idea of Liberation Theology and see this as a candle in a world covered in Darkness (the big D).
Am I reading this wrong?

*Honey Badger, Tasmanian Devil, Radicalized Clergy - don't eff with any of these.

facts about today's Peace Corp

Current number of Volunteers and Trainees:
62% female, 38% male
Marital Status:
93% single, 7% married
22% of Volunteers
Average Age:
Volunteers over age 50:

Volunteers live, learn and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture and environment.
For more information,


An atheist walked through the woods, admiring all that evolution had created.  "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! Wh beautiful animals!" As he was walking along, he heard a rustling in the bushes, he turned the saw a 7-foot grizzly charging him. He ran as fast as he could and saw that the bear was closing. He ran even faster, crying in fear but the bear was even closer. He tripped and fell to the ground. He tried to pick himself up, but the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.  At that moment, the Atheist cried out "Oh my God!...." Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. The river stopped moving. A  bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, "You deny my existence for all of these years; teach others I don''t exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?" The atheist looked directly into the light "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?" "Very well," said the voice. The light went out. The river ran again. And the sounds of the forest resumed. And then the bear dropped his right paw ..... brought both paws together...bowed his head and spoke: "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful."

Saturday, July 27, 2013

a celtic water god

Arausio was a local Celtic water god in Gaul. Some say he offers rejuvenating powers among sprinklers??

Friday, July 26, 2013


Is there anything 'more summer' than kids running through a sprinkler on a hot day, laughing, giggling in all their innocence?  Last Tuesday, while attending a birthday bash for Mara and Megan  (44 and 41 respectively) the crowd was reminded of this simple beautiful pleasure as 8 year old wonder boy took to the spray.  The real thrill came a few minutes later when his 66 year old uncle, JP, dropped his trousers to relive his childhood  Want a laugh, watch the video, and remember.

Tips for Baby Boomers - #1

I am field testing the "Gopher II" reach and pickup tool for the decrepit and/or lazy.  I bought one today - only 9.99 Wal Mart, Target, etc.  It was easy to assemble, i.e. unfold; I quickly learned the locking mechanism and what is technically called the "Squeeze Trigger".  I was quickly able to pickup a piece of paper off the floor of the car.  Voila'!
The most exciting part of this purchase you will find is the very readable novella of instructions on the reverse side of the cardboard that comes with the Gopher.  It was attached to the cardboard by 3 plastic ties that proved quite resilient to breaking.  I had to ask the woman in the parking spot next to me for a pair of scissors or in this case wire cutters.  Once executed I was free to reach and pickup willy-nilly.
The instructions state that there are HUNDREDS OF USES for the Gopher and that inspired me to begin this line of blog.  We'll see if that's a truism. Over the next few weeks I will investigate the many uses of the Gopher and pass that on to the reader. Consider this both a Consumer Advocate and a Reach and Grab Service.
Don't let the Hi-Tech
Appearance Put you Off
I'll guide you through it.
Item #1.  I am not disabled such that I can't pick up things around my home - clothes, papers, etc. - I am able, just disinclined.  Everything hurts so I just put it off till later.  Consequently I have much debris here and there, not trash or garbage, just debris.  I decided today to try out the Gopher II on dirty socks.  Underwear, shirts, tissues, egg shells, cups, wine bottles, newspapers will wait till I get the learning curve leveled out with this device.  The Gopher II worked well though it had difficulty with wet gym socks and with socks under the couch.  I give it a Reach and Pick Up score of 4.6 out of 5 for socks.  Stay tuned for more tests - next time: Putting Socks in Hamper; Handling Eggs; Ringing a Door Bell.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

a fish's view

jpr: This is the way it's suppose to work!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

the basses gets away

"The fish, when he's exposed to air, 
Displays no trace of savoir faire,
But in the sea regains his balance
And exploits all his manly talent.
The chastest of the vertebrates,
He never even sees his mates,
But when they've finished, he appears
And O.K.'s all their bright ideas."

jpr: we saws 'em, we cast to'em, but they slipped off our hooks????

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

slowest form of transport

The United States boasts the world's largest and most complex transportation system, with four million miles' worth of roads, a railroad network that could circle the earth almost seven times if laid out in a straight line, and enough oil and gas lines to circle the globe 56 times.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Good News - Scientists, Bug-buffs, Bloody Blooming Flowers all Giddy Now (not to mention Mama Bumblebee)

"OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A North American bumblebee species that all but vanished from about half of its natural range has re-emerged in Washington state, delighting scientists who voiced optimism the insect might eventually make a recovery in the Pacific Northwest." 
It's been said that our reliance on the Bee for pollination is such that if there were NO Bees, the entire human population would become extinct in 4 years.  (though not as drastic, same can be said for migrant workers).

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Warriors for the Bureaucracy.

The US Department of EDUCATION has a highly trained and armed SWAT Team!  True.

The Nuns warned us not to copy off our neighbor's paper or something devilish would happen.
Note to JPRonan - youse need to buy an attendance notebook, some steel toed boots and a Rossi Taurus Circuit Judge and shape those young minds righteously.
Less than $500, it's on my Xmas Wish List - rifle/carbine/revolver that uses .45 cal and/or .410 shotgun shells in any combination you wish to load in the cylinder.  Kind of an Impact Home Defense System.  Department of Education has their own Army and all I got is a Rossi Circuit Judge, (or will have if I get one for Xmas.)  

Gisele B√ľndchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Camila Alves.

A 65-year-old grandmother topped a list of Brazil’s most beautiful elderly women...bravo Gisele!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

life of pi

jpr: A very different movie. Remarkable imagination and plot. Enjoyable .

Friday, July 19, 2013

fly swatting

The flight range of house flies is ~ 7 km with a life expectancy of 1-2 weeks.
ole reliable
jpr: these days when i walk my dog in the fields I carry one of the above to swat (gently) flies off "my boy's" back!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Math seems to be behind EVERYTHING in the Universe!

the hierarchy of science as I understand it (all you four-eyed geeky nerdo einsteins can correct me where I err)
11 David Blaine
10. Alchemy
9. Astrology
8. Humanities
7 Biology -
6. Chemistry
5 Engineering
4 Physics
3 Cosmology
2 Math
1 Wizardry
0 Wayne Newton

It seems that Plants are able to do Math. Read this junk:

Scientists at Britain's John Innes Centre said plants adjust their rate of starch consumption to prevent starvation during the night when they are unable to feed themselves with energy from the sun.
They can even compensate for an unexpected early night.
"This is the first concrete example in a fundamental biological process of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation," mathematical modeler Martin Howard of John Innes Centre (JIC) said.
During the night, mechanisms inside the leaf measure the size of the starch store and estimate the length of time until dawn. Information about time comes from an internal clock, similar to the human body clock.

So my conclusion is that Mr Potato Head IS smarter than me.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

buy a swimmers raft

commercial rafts sell for $2000/eac...water not included!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

thermal draft

Thermal updrafts are a natural phenomenon produced by localized heating of air. This causes air to rise and fall in relatively small localized areas.

A simple experiment to demonstrate this effect. The diagram on the left shows how the top half of a bottle can be used to trap heat from the sunlight. As the air warms up inside it rises and exits the top of the bottle. If a simple propeller is places above, it will turn due to the air passing through it. 

jpr: My back 10 acres is half meadow. The thermals cool my deck and may on occasional be strong under the shade trees.

Monday, July 15, 2013


While two-thirds of the earth is covered in water, a full third of the remaining land (that's one-ninth of the total!) is nearly uninhabitable desert.

Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun

 Feare no more the heate o' th' Sun,
 Nor the furious Winters rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast don,
Home art gon, and tane thy wages.
Golden Lads, and Girles all must,
 As Chimney-Sweepers come to dust.
 Feare no more the Lightning flash.
  Nor th' all-dreaded Thunderstone.
 Feare not Slander, Censure rash.
 Thou hast finish'd Ioy and mone.
 All Louers young all Louers must,
  Consigne to thee and come to dust.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

burial place of hosea the prophet

The tomb of Hosea is a structure located in the Jewish cemetery of Safed in Galilee.

clearing items of funk

You have some shoes that have been used too often and contain a permanent odor problem.  Solution one:  put them outside and let them soak up some direct sunlight for awhile.  The UV will kill bacteria that causes the smell.  Solution two: put the shoes in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer for a day or two.  Same process - kill bacteria - same result of fresh smelling shoes.  I do my shoes and if I've got a hot date, some of my unmentionables that way.  I haven't washed a pair of undies in months!  Haven't had a date either.
Freezers - good for more than just ice and broccoli!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekly Rant: Climate Change Points (please feel free to correct me where I've erred)

The primary international goon for Human-made Climate Change is the Intergovernmental Panel on.Climate Change.  It consists of a large number of Scientists, as well as non-scientists, working on Behalf of Governments belonging to the UN.  As such it is by its nature a Political Arm of the UN.  Political Policy is its reason for being; they make no disclaimers about that.  It is NOT a Scientific Organization, though many want it to be seen as such.  Its policy papers and resolutions do not incorporate dissenting viewpoints.  Not Science.
There is information to suggest that we are not in the warmest period in human history.  Grapes were able to grow in England as recently as 1000 AD.  It is too cold for them to grow now.  Same is true for Northern France.
 Glaciers are receding in Greenland and we are discovering long covered Viking villages that at one time were at the foot of the glaciers.  This indicates that there was significant warming in the near past.
 CO2 increases as a function of Temperature increases, instead of the other way around.  The geological record indicates that  its always been that way.  The CO2 follows the temperature changes.  Much of the argument for Global Warming has been made on the basis of temperature measures throughout the world, at airports or weather stations for example.  To measure and understand older changes, before mankind was able to measure, one must systematically study organic, geologic, and other samples throughout the world - tree rings, drilling cores, etc.
Carbon Dioxide is NOT a pollutant and Human-related generation of Carbon Dioxide comprises less than 1% of the total.  Policies related to Cap and Trade CO2 will significantly lower the standard of living of nearly everyone but the corporate cabal.  It is unknown if Cap and Trade will have any benefit on the climate.  If it does it will be a couple of generations down the line.  Any climate effect of Cap and Trade is likely to be masked or trumped by normal natural climate cycles.  The push for regulating Carbon emissions through Cap and Trade is from special interests, corporations, governments, and political agents.  It is a scheme to redistribute capital/wealth from the average citizen to the government and its cohorts.  The actual form that Cap and Trade takes will be a POLITICAL decision.  A middleman industry will spring up of brokers and dealers in CO2 rights. Any industry, utility, or agency can maintain or increase their output of CO2 by trading or buying rights.  Any extra costs will be reflected in the prices of goods and services to the people.  The increased revenue to governments will be astonishing and they love to spend the people's money.  The people, on the other hand have to pay what is essentially a high tax on their right to cook, heat, cool, drive.  We dumb sheep are willing to get on the Climate Change Panic Wagon and contribute to the $olution$ to fix it, without realizing that it won't fix anything, just make it worse by increasing poverty, economic turmoil, and civil unrest; and that the government and its agents will have royally screwed us once more

ye ole swimming hole

                                      Got's to get some of this fun  in July!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Psychiatry's Bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V5 for Normal, Nutty, Nuttier, and Pay for my Boat Nutty

For someone struggling to manage their life and/or various problems, Psychiatry can be a God Send.  I've known a few such Docs and come to admire and respect the ones who are proficient at matching up the right Rx with the individual's symptoms.  This involves some "talking" in order to diagnose but "talk therapy" is seldom used by most Psychiatrists anymore.  They prescribe and monitor.  

For billing and diagnosing, the DSMV-5 is the Manual.  Some version has been used for years.  You may be interested to know that the  hundreds of Psychiatric Illnesses identified is the result of a large Committee of Psychiatrists meeting every once in awhile at an international Convention and suggesting new diagnoses to include and some to exclude (e.g. homosexuality).  The meetings are mostly chaotic and involve professional politics, schmoozing, etc.    No research is presented for the new diagnoses.   The Doctors ultimately vote on which maladies  to be included.  The first DSMV  included about 150 disorders.    The recent DSMV5  has grown to nearly a thousand disorders that are billable.  Get it, they have improved their odds of you coming into their office and being able to bill you and a third party for something diagnosable.   We've all got one or more diagnoses, they count on it.

The Science of Psychiatry related to this all-important source of diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions, and billing, is absent.  Scientific methods to provide evidence of the validity and reliability of Psychiatric Conditions - absolutely NONE!.  It's all done by AGREEMENT.  Holy Kerfluffel Batman!!   The Manual used to Diagnose can provide no scientific reference to use to distinguish an illness from normal, say distinguish normal Paraphilias (persons interested in atypical sexual practices) from Paraphilic Disorders (persons whose atypical sexual practices constitute a treatable illness).  The text of the manual offers a distinction and clinical criteria that appears very precise but there is no science behind it, no research, no charts, no null hypotheses, no way to test for or measure precisely what the differences are.

The current version of the Manual  includes a disorder related to the eating of one's own boogers;  a mathematics disorder; Jet Lag disorder, and numerous other silly disorders.   New diagnoses will likely spawn new pharmaceuticals to treat them.  What a scam!

I went to an amusement park and one of the street entertainers guessed my age. How did they do that?

An experienced Guesser will count the lines on the forehead for the Decades and  the crow's feet and other lines for years.   This guy is about 32.  Practice by studying the face and lines of a few people you know and see if it works.  Certain ethnic groups and individuals will differ (a Tibetan monk for e.g.)but for the most part its good.  There's no reason he's sticking his tongue out; I just drew it like that.  .

charlotte church encore


Thursday, July 11, 2013

aaron anastasi

 He is the person who  created the amazing singing course named Superior Singing Method.

jpr: This dude is ffor real. Have a try:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

burial place of daniel the prophet

The Tomb of Daniel is the traditional burial place of the biblical prophet Daniel. Various locations have been named for the site, but the tomb in Susa, Iran, is the most widely accepted.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Here's a stanza from Sylvia Plath's "Blackberrying"

"Overhead go the choughs in black, cacophonous flocks—
Bits of burnt paper wheeling in a blown sky.
Theirs is the only voice, protesting, protesting.
I do not think the sea will appear at all.
The high, green meadows are glowing, as if lit from within.
I come to one bush of berries so ripe it is a bush of flies,
Hanging their bluegreen bellies and their wing panes in a Chinese screen.
The honey-feast of the berries has stunned them; they believe in heaven.
One more hook, and the berries and bushes end."

Her writing does not have the dark veneer of some of the other writers in this series, but in a way it's more so and despairing; they don't teach giving flies top billing in creative writing - "hanging their bluegreen bellies..."  

Oh BTW she was a bit of a drawer or drawyer, such as this one:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Dear Diary: I am familiar with the sullen morose poetry of Baudelaire, and the tragic pathos of Thomas Mann, but I wish to know more original Goths and Metal Heads.

Lets try a little Jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud (20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891).  The photo is of him at 17 yrs old.  All his poetry was written when he was a teenager; he gave it up before he turned 20.

The Seekers of Lice
When the child's forehead, full of red torments, 
Implores the white swarm of indistinct dreams, 
There come near his bed two tall charming sisters 
With slim fingers that have silvery nails. 
They seat the child in front of a wide open 
Window where the blue air bathes a mass of flowers, 
And in his heavy hair where the dew falls, 
Move their delicate, fearful and enticing fingers. 
He listens to the singing of their apprehensive breath 
Which smells of long rosy plant honey, 
And which at times a hiss interrupts, saliva 
Caught on the lip or desire for kisses. 
He hears their black eyelashes beating 
in the perfumed Silence; 
and their gentle electric fingers 
Make in his half-drunken indolence the death of the little lice 
Crackle under their royal nails. 
Then the wine of Sloth rises in him, 
The sigh of an harmonica which could bring on delirium
The child feels, according to the slowness of the caresses, 
Surging in him and dying continuously a desire to cry.

That one is almost sweet.  Something edgier follows when you click on "read more".

Saturday, July 6, 2013

wife of major general winfield scott hancock

Major General Winfield Scott Hancock  was laid to rest at Norristown, PA.

Wife, Almira was buried in St Louis, Mo.

jpr: Our last wish is peace,

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Cave of Machpelah

The world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people. The cave and the adjoining field were purchased by Abraham some 3700 years ago. AbrahamIsaacJacobSarahRebecca, and Leah are all later buried there. It is located in the heart of Hebron (Al-Khalil)'s old city in the Hebron Hills. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

heading toward human singularity

Maybe we'll be lucky and evolve into Weebles.
Weebles wobble but they won't fall down!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

white water fun

New River Gorge, WVa

back home

Monday, July 1, 2013

So True

Women speak two languages, one of which is verbal.



“You say that you love the rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when it shines. You say that you love the wind, but you close the windows when it blows. This is why I'm afraid, you said that you love me too.”

― William Shakespe

more rain???

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.