Winter is fast approaching in most parts of the country, while some of us are still dealing with a newfangled form of HEAT WAVES.
Even here in Los Angeles, aka La La Land, whodathunk that the last week in October would bring 100+ degree temps to the World Series!
So it is not without a bit of eyerolling that I extend the "warmest welcome" to:The Reader Rant Roundtable for November, 2017
Winter IS approaching for many at the top, however.
The winter of their discontent is becoming evident in the always chaotic White House as the first flakes of an impending blizzard of indictments fall.
Our President is keeping mum, both when it comes to questions about pardoning Paul Manafort
and his options regarding Mueller.
This November also brings us to the first anniversary of the passing of renowned musician and songwriter Leon Russell, who passed away November 13, 2016 at age seventy-four.
Pictured above in all its wintry looking glory is an image from his final opus, "On A Distant Shore", which was released immediately after his death. Leon had been working on it all year long and completed it about a month before his heart attack in August 2016.
NOAA has issued a forecast for a G3 (STRONG) GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR 02-03 NOVEMBER
and a G2 (MODERATE) WATCH FOR 04 NOVEMBER, so be situationally aware and prepared.
The Royal Astronomical Society met in November 1859 to discuss the major coronal mass ejection (CME) that occurred between August 28 and September 2, 1859.
The solar storm was so strong that telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. Telegraph pylons threw sparks. Some telegraph operators could continue to send and receive messages despite having disconnected their power supplies.
The storm was classified as a "Carrington Event".
What would be the impact of a similar storm today? According to a 2008 report from the National Academy of Sciences, it could cause “extensive social and economic disruptions” due to its impact on power grids, satellite communications and GPS systems. The potential price tag? Between $1 trillion and $2 trillion.
In other words, it would plunge most of civilization into the mid-19th century all over again.
The veneer of modern life is indeed extremely thin!
So is, as most suspect, the veneer of civilization itself.
November 11th is Veterans Day.
I'll be celebrating it with MY Navy veteran, of course, Engineman 3rd Class Karen Mitchell Haas.
Find a veteran to share with, many of them are as near as your local VA Hospital or clinic. Pinups for Vets
makes regular visits all around the country, visiting men AND women vets and spreading cheer. Yes lady vets, they do have some "beefcake" models who will visit YOU, too.
This month marks the one-year period we have to prepare ourselves for the November 2018 mid-term elections, which may very well alter the course of history, for America and even the world.
As turnout for mid-terms is historically low, particularly among Democratic voters, I am going to make a personal appeal to all who "resist" the current situation to make a difference by actually getting out and voting for change.
I'll be doing outreach work all year long in the coming twelve months and I hope all of you will, too.
Cheers to all, may the force be with you!