Starting Music for March 9th, 2022

Aloha world! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it is Wednesday, Mar. 9th –the 68th day of the year. On this National Meatball/Barbie/Crabmeat/Get Over It Day, we are starting with cloudy skies. Following are the weather stats from 9:15 a.m.

Sunrise = 06:46 hours; yesterday = 06:48 hours

Sunset = 18:25 hours; yesterday = 18:24 hours

Forecast high = 34; yesterday = 42; actual = 41

Forecast low = 34; yesterday = 31; actual = 31

Winds = NE, 0-5 mph; yesterday = NW, 0-10 mph

Barometric Pressure = 29.94; yesterday = 30.23

Humidity = 76%; yesterday = 64%

Precipitation yesterday = Trace; previous day = 1.96*”

* - that’s the most I’ve tracked going back to November of last year!

Snowfall yesterday = Trace; previous day = Trace

Official snow depth yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.00”

Moon phase = Waxing Crescent (42.1%); yesterday = Waxing Crescent (32.5%)

Moonrise = 10:23 hours; yesterday = 09:50 hours

Moonset = 00:53 hours; yesterday = N/A (after midnight)


ASTRONOMY

For those of you with a decent telescope or very strong binoculars and clear skies in the evening/overnight can see the pairing of the Moon and the dwarf planet Ceres (bigger than Pluto). Look to the western sky shortly after sunset in the Taurus the Bull constellation. Ceres will be between the Moon and the Pleiades (M45).


While you are gazing in the general direction of Taurus, look around the rest of the constellation as it offers a lot of deep-sky objects to check out, including the dark nebula Barnard 19 (you may have to wait a little later in the month for this).


For those of you without a telescope, binoculars, or clear skies, check out this interactive virtual sky map: https://in-the-sky.org/skymap.php

ONLINE SECURITY

I opt out of all unnecessary cookies, don’t do those ‘what kind of animal are you?’-type surveys, don’t ‘like’ posts my friends/family share if I can’t find/don’t trust the source, and avoid most of the ‘big media’ sites. Nonetheless, I still have to remove trackers every morning:


Today = 8,233; yesterday = 10,062; running total = 192,700 (24 days)

THOUGHTS

Things that I find ironic:


Irony #09 – Those that like to post about ‘following the money’ not doing exactly that. Who has the most to gain with the current high gas prices? It’s certainly not the current administration because they know it’s political suicide. In my opinion, what we are witnessing is those who want this administration to look weak managing to do just that. They are using savvy social media tactics to get you to agree that it’s all the current Commander-In-Chief’s fault. That’s low-hanging fruit. When is it ever that simple? Low gas prices go hand-in-hand with lifer politicians that have Big Oil and Wall Street in their back pocket being in charge. And they use that club to beat us over the head into submission time and time again. “Put us back in power or suffer or wrath on your wallets!” It’s like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Here’s an example (and keep in mind it’s not really the President wielding the power):

Early 1976 – George H.W. Bush appointed head of CIA by President Ford.

Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.96

Early 1977 – Bush’s tenure ends when Jimmy Carter elected President, casting him out of public office for the 1st time since the 60s. (Think he wasn’t a little miffed?) He becomes chairman of the First International Bank of Houston. Carter was not known to have close ties to Big Oil or Wall St.

Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.94

1981 to 1988 – H.W. serves as Vice President to Ronald Reagan

1981 Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $2.97 (right after Carter’s presidency)

1989 Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.70

1988 to 1992 – Serves as President; invades Panama; forms coalition for the Gulf War; famously said, “Read my lips. No new taxes,” then went on to raise taxes. (Think Wall St. wasn’t happy about that?)

1990 Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.89

1994 Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.65

1999 – President Clinton’s last year in office (The Clintons were known to have ties with Wall Street)

Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.60

2000 – H.W.’s son, then Governor of Texas and known to have ties with Big Oil, gets elected President

Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $1.75

2008 – His son’s last year as President (you can almost hear Big Oil screaming in his ear, “You owe us!”)

Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $3.61

2015 – President Obama’s last year in office after ‘getting in bed’ with Wall Street

Gas price corrected for 2015 dollar value: $2.45


Other than getting financial backing from Wall Street for election, Joe Biden is not known to have close ties with Wall Street or Big Oil. I’m not saying there aren’t any, it’s just not as obvious as it has been with former presidents. As a matter of fact, the U.A.E. has turned a cold shoulder and refused to take his calls to increase output. You can’t help but think it’s at least partly because he has never been a huge supporter of either. Let’s not forget that Russia has a war to finance.


The funny thing is, this is all very shortsighted by Big Oil. A huge shift to electric vehicles is on the horizon, and they are only speeding up that change. Cities have huge fleets of trucks to run and, like most of us, can’t afford continued high prices. The city I live in has been running hydrogen-powered buses for several months now.


Big Oil is running on fear and sacrificing any shot at long-term viability for huge temporary profits at our expense. Again, it feels like a temper-tantrum. “You want electric vehicles? Take that! We’re going to get ours and we don’t give a flip about you!”


Moving onward..

STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

1497 – 1st modern recording of an astronomical event (Nicolaus Copernicus)

1522 – In the German city of Wittenberg, Martin Luther begins to preach his “Invocavit Sermons” as a reminder to citizen’s to trust God’s word (the true meaning; not the often distorted view people twist for their own agendas) over violence.

1891– The Great Blizzard of 1891 hits England

1979 – Bowie Kuhn (MLB Commissioner) orders equal access to be given to female reporters

1987 – The 5th album from U2 is released, “The Joshua Tree”

1988 – UNICEF appoints actress Audrey Hepburn as Special Ambassador

1997 – My friends and I redeemed ourselves in the loser’s bracket by going 2-0 after starting 0-2 at the World Foot Locker Hoop-It-Up in Dallas (North Park Mall). We finished in 5th place out of 16 teams.

2020 – Italy announces nation-wide shutdown over COVID-19

BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE

1910 – American composer Samuel Barber

1930 – American Jazz composer/saxophonist Ornette Coleman

1934 – 1st man in space, Russian Yuri Gagarin

1943 – American chess player/world champion Bobby Fischer

1970 – Specialist Melissa Rathbun-Nealy (PoW Medal; 1st ever enlisted female interred as a PoW)

1976 - Venezuelan human rights activist Thor Halvorssen

2003 – American Olympic gymnast Sunisa Lee (All-around Gold 2021)


SPORTS (TEAMS I FOLLOW SOMEWHAT CLOSELY AND ROOT FOR)

NBA (upcoming)

The Dallas Mavericks (40-25) vs. New York Knicks (27-38) –it’s a trap! (again)

NHL (upcoming)

(no games for my teams scheduled)

MLB (upcoming)

(All spring games cancelled through March 7th; 1st two regular-season series for all MLB teams cancelled. The people in charge are tone-deaf: millionaires arguing over money while much of the world, especially those who rely on MLB sales, struggle to make ends meet. Baseball was already falling behind in popularity, this ain’t helping. If not for their greed we could be watching/listening to..)