July 3, 2019 - Happy 4th of July from Ellie's World just outside Fort Hamilton and the Verrazano Bridge in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Below is the finale to a night of entertainment and feelings of patriotism awash a backdrop of fireworks, the current immigration crisis, and other conflicts facing the nation today as the chapters of the Masonic Program display their venues. This area has historic significance dating back to the Founding Fathers and the birth of our nation. On July 4, 1776, a small American battery - the Narrows Fort - on the site of today's Fort Hamilton fired into one of the British men-of-war convoying troops to suppress the American Revolution. Celebrations continue under the Brooklyn Bridge tonight as people from around the world gather to watch live, online, or on TV. Our reality will have a Grand Finale that lights up the sky then Fades to Black.
American Independence Day
Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson
draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence,
for the illumination of the ignorant and the
emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the Earth.
John Adams Quotes
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
It was indeed a day that we will remember. For some it was a long vacation weekend having fun and trying not to think about their commute home or the issues of the day - though as with climate change there is no escaping the inevitable. In some states voters met with candidates while others stood in pouring rain in Wash. DC to record Fourth of July events. Flanked by tanks in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Trump gave a Fourth of July speech mostly dedicated to the armed forces, as fighter jets roared overhead. It was the sort of grand military display he has wanted since witnessing one in France two years ago and what he witnesses in North Korea. Though his speech was not overtly political, Democrats and some members of the military have accused Trump of using troops and their equipment for political gain and wasting taxpayers money which could have been appropriated to help others. At the same time the National Symphony Orchestra and the singer-songwriter Carole King performed across the National Mall at a more traditional Independence Day celebration. One might describe the contrasting spectacles as two distinct versions of America.
Tump recognized each branch of the military at the beginning of his speech including the yet to be created Space Force as he vowed to plant the American flag on Mars in the near future. His prepared remarks were filled with historical references - from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, and later, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers, and Clara Barton. In his conclusion, he struck a tone of unity, saying, "We will never forget that we are Americans and the future belongs to us. The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud and the free. We are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny." Then, the military band played a formal rendition Lee Greenwood's "Proud to Be an American" - one of Trump's favorites - while one more Navy Blue Angel plane flew overhead. Trump shook hands with some military officials and waved before he left the stage.
Back here in the city fireworks lit up the night sky emanating from New Jersey, Staten Island, and various places in Brooklyn all a prelude to Macy's 43rd annual fireworks display that centered around the Brooklyn Bridge this year. A waterfall of fireworks off the Brooklyn Bridge started it. Around 70,000 shells and effects were launched from barges along the river and more than 100 positions on the Brooklyn Bridge - which was a particularly big hit with the crowd. This year's theme, American Cinema, synchronized emotions from fireworks with a musical medley of scores from the most beloved movie classics. It's the reaction shots of children that makes it all worth while to me though adults celebrated most of the day and into the night.
Over in Coney Island at Nathan's Joey Chestnut, 35 - facing 17 opponents - won his 12th trophy in the men's hotdog eating contest. It was announced in the news as "We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title." Miki Sudo won the women's competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs.
July 4-5, 2019 Ridgecrest, California Earthquakes
At the time the earthquake struck, my friend Marilyn in Coral Springs, Florida and I were talking about earthquakes in California and Florida. After we hung up I turned on the newsstand heard about the quake which I watched off and on during the day to learn more about earthquakes. She believes Miami is doomed to fall into the ocean as well as parts of southern California. This is not new and has been predicted within our timeline. If you follow earthquake activity you know everything in the Pacific Ring of Fire is on borrowed time. In the end all of the tectonic plates collapse into the sea almost the way many visualize the ending of Atlantis, Lemuria, or other mythological civilization that became submerged underwater due to climate changes.
The North American plate is definitely having its share of increased activities with many not as concerned about the West Coast but the New Madrid Fault Zone. Other things to follow ... extreme heat, wildfire season, sudden tornadoes increasing in the northeast, flooding, and more. Sometimes I feel that people now need to be careful in nature which we like to embrace when the weather gets warm. This takes us to odd animal behavior, new bacteria and diseases all created by current climate changes. Back in the day I remember when my family and I used to go to the Catskill Mountains every summer and children could play just about anywhere. Those days are gone.
A few days ago I read a women, 40, in Anchorage, Alaska where they have been experiencing record record breaking temperatures. As they generally have just a few hot days - homes and businesses are not built with air-conditioners. With 19.5 hours of sunlight a day, health hazards are also part of the equation without air conditioning. As we spoke she looked out the window and told me she saw wildfires in the distance which goes to breathing problems and further need for air-conditioning. Then there's the increase in earthquake activity especially as Alaska where fracking for oil and natural gas is how many people are in the living. My client is an engineer at BP. She understands the patterns of end times but her family and life are in Alaska so she's not moving anywhere. At the end of the day we agreed there is nowhere to escape only to prepare and cope.
Western Europe reports record high temperatures as the people of planet Earth embrace climate change - many believing our only salvation is to set up colonies off-world.
Watch out for the New Madrid Fault Zone
An Even Larger 7.1 Quake Just Rocked Southern California. Experts Say the Fault System Is Growing. Live Science - July 6, 2019
A second earthquake 7.1 hits Southern California in as many days. It's five times bigger than Thursday's 6.4 Quake CNN - July 6, 2019
July 4th earthquake won't delay the Big One. And it might have worsened quake strain PhysOrg - July 6, 2019
What Will Really Happen When San Andreas Unleashes the Big One? Smithsonian - July 6, 2019
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