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Ellie's World Archives 2015
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Friday - Murphy's Law
Nobel Peace Prize
The Sci-Fi Factor
Discovering America
Human Interest Stories
Thursday Debrief - Secret Agendas
Wednesday Debrief

Astronomy Picture of the Day


Friday - Murphy's Law

The CMEs continue Thursday and may be slowing down now.

As the last moments of Mercury Retrograde come into focus ... Thursday when Kevin McCarthy got up to speak - there were audio problems with his microphone - some Republicans in the room were unable to hear him when he began talking - not the most elegant eloquent speaker. I had bad vibes about so when he chose not to at least try to replace Boehner that felt right or should I say as right as anything cane in our political system. What a ridiculous mess the Republican party is this year. The question people are asking today is whether Paul Ryan will take the job until the end of 2016. House Republicans meet this morning at the Capitol to try to move forward after Kevin McCarthyÕs withdrawal from the race for speaker ended expectations of a tidy succession and sank Congress deeper into turmoil. He was undone by the same hard-line conservative faction that pushed John A. Boehner out. There are at least seven possible candidates for speaker.

Russian intervention in Syria is closing off Western options that might have threatened SyriaÕs government, and could eventually force the West into a choice between President Bashar al-Assad or the Islamic State militant group. President Obama fears risking the escalation of the conflict and does not have a new strategy to resolve it or defeat ISIS, and the White House today ended the PentagonÕs $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels.

Israel is barring its ministers and Parliament members as well as Muslim men under the age of 50 from the Jerusalem site revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, in an attempt to calm several days of violence in the Old City. The competing claims to what may be the worldÕs most contested piece of real estate are a perennial focal point for flare-ups in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The stampede and crush last month outside the holy city of Mecca, a pillar of Islamic faith, killed at least 1,453 people, making it the eventÕs deadliest disaster, according to a new tally from The Associated Press.

Federal and California regulators are investigating a second computer program in VolkswagenÕs diesel cars that affects the operation of the carsÕ emission controls. With VW cars under recall, diesel fans have few comparable options among other carmakers.

Massive El Nino is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says   LA Times - October 9, 2015
The winter over all of North America is definitely not going to be normal.

  One killed, 3 injured in shooting at Northern Arizona University   CNN - October 9, 2015
A predawn shooting at a campus in Arizona left one person dead and three others injured, authorities said. Police received a call early Friday about shots fired at Northern Arizona University's campus in Flagstaff.

The European migrant not only continues ... it worsens.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize   Wikipedia

Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet   BBC - October 9, 2015
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in helping the country's transition to democracy. Announcing the prize, the chairman of the Nobel committee said the group had made a "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" after the 2011 revolution.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich   BBC - October 8, 2015
Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature. Alexievich, 67, is a political writer who has often been critical of her home country's government. Previous winners include literary heavyweights Rudyard Kipling and Ernest Hemingway. French historical author Patrick Modiano won in 2014.

DNA repair wins chemistry Nobel   BBC - October 7, 2015
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded for discoveries in DNA repair. Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar were named as the winners on Wednesday morning at a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

Neutrino 'flavors' win physics Nobel Prize   BBC - October 6, 2015
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics has been won by Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald, for discovering how neutrinos switch between different "flavors". Neutrinos are ubiquitous subatomic particles with almost no mass and which rarely interact with anything else, making them very difficult to study.

Nobel Prize for anti-parasite drug discoveries   BBC - October 5, 2015
The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been split two ways for groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases. William C Campbell and Satoshi Omura found a new way of tackling infections caused by roundworm parasites. Youyou Tu shares the prize for her discovery of a therapy against malaria

The Sci-Fi Factor

If you enjoy a good time travel adventure - Friday night Continuum airs its series finale. Will Kiera Cameron return to 2077? Last week'e episode trigger memories for me. Actor William B. Davis co-starred on Continuum in the future ... then traveled back to this timeline to play The Smoking Man on the new X-Files. I remember him being blown up by a rocket when last we saw him on X-Files. Good example of how a character gets a new insert and reboot.

Meet David Duchovny ... Saturday 1:15 PM at New York Comic Con and watch Episode 1.

Now we're talking ... Just when the presidential race started to get boring ... What would Trump say about aliens?
Space Aliens Be Warned: George Noory Is Eyeing The Presidency   Huffington Post - October 7, 2015
When Donald Trump speaks out about the threat of undocumented aliens, he's usually ranting about Mexicans. When George Noory speaks out on aliens, he's talking about extraterrestrials and government conspiracies over UFOs. Noory -- the host of 'Coast to Coast AM', the biggest overnight radio program in North America - hasn't formally announced his candidacy, but he's declared that he's willing to accept a draft to run for the Oval Office in 2016.

FBI Top Secret Alien Memo Uncovered!   Coast to Coast - October 5, 2015
Investigators in Japan have reportedly uncovered a hush-hush FBI memo documenting the existence of extraterrestrial beings. At the Hakui Centre for UFO Research in Tokyo, Japan investigators claim they have a FBI memo about flying saucers and their pilots - three feet tall aliens.

Conspiracy Update   Coast to Coast - October 6, 2015
Former Independent governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura is also a former professional wrestler, a movie actor, and a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In the first half, he detailed corporate and government conspiracies which he believes are undermining the fabric of the country, as well as opined about the 2016 presidential election. The campaigning for president starts way too early, he asserted. "We need to pass a law that says you cannot even form a campaign committee until the year of the election," he said, noting that multiple senators and governors are missing votes, and not doing their jobs by focusing on their campaigns.

Doomsday did not happen Wednesday. There will never be a doomsday ... the world will not end ... just continuing dramas until the illusion Fades to Black.
Doomsday Revised: New Prediction Claims World Will End on Oct. 7   Live Science - October 6, 2015

October 9, 1000

Leif Ericson discovers Vinland,
becoming the first known European to set foot in North America.

October 12, 2015

Columbus Day

Columbus Day commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492.

Ancient Alien Theory: Columbus was guided and protected by aliens.
Columbus' Bermuda Triangle Adventures and Video.

Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus

Wired - September 15, 2014

Human Interest Stories

Rebuilding Lives after Fukushima

Yahya's Luck

Columbia University Student Opens Restaurant in Dorm Room

The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

Native Americans Are Opening the Nation's First Cannabis Resort

Why people never smiled in old photographs

Which jobs could a 100-year-old do?

Justin Bieber Full Frontal Pic

Thursday Debrief - Secret Agendas

Every story has two sides if not more. You must hear all sides before making a judgment and even then you can still be wrong. It's all about secret agendas and things humans forget to factor in when watching events unfold. Our reality is based on secrets and lies much like soap operas. They hold the attention of some people while others are not programed to connect.

The Book of Secrets
Presidents always have secrets some written about in an old book that only they can read. In 209 President Obama said he has read the book but won't tell what's in it. He has hinted more than once of alien and human involvement but said, "I am not allowed to share this information." Allowed? For fear of? You may remember that book referenced in the 2007 Nicolas Cage film National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

There are many interesting stories about former President Harry S. Truman ... from secret meetings with aliens to ...
Seventy years ago today, President Harry S. Truman announced that the secrets of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada. The U.S., of course, had used the bombs to attack Japan in World War II and was the only country with nuclear capability. Polls showed that 70 percent of Americans and 90 percent of congressmen didn't want to share atomic secrets with anyone. But Britain and Canada already had some of that knowledge because their scientists had come to the U.S. to help build the bombs. Should the U.S. also share information with the Soviet Union, another World War II ally, in negotiations on banning the bomb as a weapon? When the war ended, President Truman decided no. The Soviets got it anyway - thanks partly to Klaus Fuchs, a German scientist and Communist who fled Hitler and was part of the British mission at Los Alamos, N.M., from 1944 to 1946. He gave design details to the Soviets that some say advanced their atomic bomb program by at least two years. The Soviets exploded a bomb that resembled that of the Americans about four years later. And the nuclear arms race was on.

If you paused at the solar chart above as you scrolled down - you noticed the sun is still active. If you're waiting for a CME to hit Earth and take us out ... I don't see it but it could be part of the surprise ending many intuit and some connect with. In an illusion all things are possible no matter had ridiculous they may seem. CMEs and mass extinction take us to a 2009 Nicolas Cage film Knowing replete with cool aliens and UFOs all of which have secret agendas.

History repeats itself
Russian missiles 'fell on Iran' by mistake   BBC - October 8, 2015

Spencer Stone France train terror hero stabbed in California while defending a friend   BBC - October 8, 2015

The Trickster ... How do you visualize him ... or her? Who is the biggest Trickster in the world today? It's like asking, "Who is the Antichrist? There are many choices but it's just a myth in the duality of good vs. evil or functional vs. dysfunctional. More dramas ... on the road to .... (You fill in the answer).
Tomorrow is the last day of Mercury Retrograde ... Mercury being a Trickster God. We can't blame everything that goes wrong on Mercury Retrograde as all is preprogrammed. Many may have considered the bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan part of retrograde. With no way to cover up the truth - the military owned up to their mistake and Obama issued an apology which appeared to do little to satisfy the leader of Doctors Without Borders. Some are calling this a war crime. More dramas ...

Congress ... a governing body established in the 18th century that is outdated ... Playing Politics
    CNBC - October 8, 2015
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the race for House speaker Thursday, throwing uncertainty on congressional leadership ahead of crucial budget negotiations.

Duality ...
Senate Democrats plan to block virtually all other bills starting today until their gun control measures get a vote. It's in response to last week's and other mass shootings. At the same time, many people around Roseburg, Oregon, where the massacre took place, say the shooting rampage only increased their belief in the importance of owning guns.

Senior moment ...
Rupert Murdoch, the chief of News Corporation, suggested that President Obama isn't a 'real black president' in a tweet that showed his support for Ben Carson, a black man running for the Republican presidential nomination.

Make up your mind woman .. ! A woman can change her mind.
Hillary Clinton announced that she doesn't support President Obama's trans-Pacific trade pact, which she helped draft as secretary of state. Today she unveils proposals to curb risk-taking on Wall Street and hold more financial managers accountable for misconduct, a campaign aide said. Both positions could help her fend off a liberal challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. No one I know sees her winning the primary.

Turkey ... a month before Thanksgiving in an area where there is nothing to give thanks for. Turkey and Russia at war soon? We would have to help Turkey. Yup ... This is growing into World War III. I can't wait to hear what Sal, the super of my building, has to report when he returns from is annual month long visit with family in Turkey on October 19.
NATO's chief said today that the alliance was ready to defend its allies, including Turkey, against any threats. Turkey is concerned about Russia's military buildup in neighboring Syria. As they try to cope with the surge of Syrian refugees, European Union officials discuss today a list of countries whose citizens would not be eligible for political asylum.

I have many clients who work at EMC. I wonder what they think?
Dell is in advanced talks to buy EMC, the data storage business, potentially uniting two stalwarts of the technology industry, people with knowledge of the talks say.

Etsy and Amazon
I love Etsy. Here's a picture on Etsy of a Cheer Bow I had designed for my granddaughter Joie. She wears it all the time. People often leave their day job to heal, get creative, and find their purpose. To combine these elements - and earn a living - some set up a shop on Etsy and do quite well. With that in mind ... always ready to expand into new venues ... Amazon stepped into the handcrafted-goods ring with an online arts-and-crafts bazaar called Handmade at Amazon that takes aim at a market dominated by Etsy.

A little bit Rock and Roll...
First-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year include Janet Jackson, Chicago, the Cars, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, the J.B.s and Los Lobos. The disco band Chic earns a record 10th nomination. Fans can vote The choices are announced in December.

More voting ...
  Vote Now for the 2015 CNN Hero of the Year   CNN - October 8, 2015
Meet ten truly remarkable individuals whose passion to help others has changed the world. They are CNN's Top Ten Heroes of 2015. Each will receive $10,000 and be recognized at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event that airs Sunday, December 6. Find out what drives them and what sets them apart. Click here to vote for the Hero who inspires you the most,

Wednesday Debrief

I eat bacon and scrambled eggs every morning ... nothing detrimental for me ... then continue my day with protein and veggies losing weight if I omit sugar. Today I found this story about another Brooklynite Susannah Mushatt Jones who recently said that she eats a serving of bacon every day. Jones turned 116 on July 6 and was crowned the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records that month. She confessed her bacon habit in an interview published this week on the New York Post's site Page Six. So far, the Internet is having a field day with this information.
Sizzling Longevity: World's Oldest Person Eats Bacon Daily   Epoch Times - October 7, 2015

Great idea...
The Justice Department will release about 6,000 inmates from federal prisons in less than a month, many of whom are nonviolent drug dealers who would not have been sent to jail today based on changing laws. It's part of a bipartisan effort to reduce prison overcrowding in the U.S. which has a quarter of the world's prison population. It's the craziness of it all.

Experts see mass shootings less as isolated expressions of rage and more as acts that build on previous rampages. The most recent, in Oregon, has renewed worries for U.S. colleges and schools. It's all about mental illness.

Today is the 14th anniversary of the U.S-led invasion of Afghanistan, which sought, among other things, to topple the Taliban and thus began the war on Terrorist after 9/11. So much has happened since then with many new players in the game from various factions. It has cost Americans billions of dollars and much more in human suffering. Sadly the Taliban's recent gains and the U.S. airstrike on a hospital appear to have restarted a debate in the Obama administration about whether to move forward with plans to cut by about half the current American force of 10,000 soldiers. This is a no-win situation for everyone - with lots of collateral damage.

Flower Power?
Across China, grown-ups are wearing plastic decorations on their heads in the shapes of vegetables, fruit and flowers, a fad that has no single explanation. It began with a humble bean sprout clipped to the hair, erect like a flagpole. Now heads are sporting clovers, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lavender, mushrooms, chiles, cherries, gourds and pine trees.

The Pope's Itinerinary
Pope Francis will visit Mexico next year, the Vatican announced, including a stop at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The N.H.L. season opens tonight with new rules for overtime. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks host the New York Rangers (8 p.m., NBCSN) and the San Jose Sharks are at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m., NBCSN).

If you like Lady Gaga and Horror Stories tonight is your night. "American Horror Story: Hotel" returns for a fifth season, with murders, a musty Los Angeles setting and Lady Gaga. Not my thing. Haven't considered "Scream Queens". I'll stick with Nashville and Empire - Cookie is scary enough!

My grandson Noah got a drone as a birthday gift from a friend. Whoops ... he got it stuck in a tree his first adventure out. Dad Ryan had to throw baseballs at it to finally set it free. Mischievous kids can use toy drones to spy on people they know. Over in California a new law intends to block paparazzi from using drones by adding the airspace above someone's land to the definition of invasion of property.

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