"Important things that are supposed to happen do not happen, especially when people are looking."

Is wishful thinking all its cracked up to be ...?

“He is seen, but he does not see; he is an object of information, never a subject in communication.”

"The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, "already seen." Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn't be familiar at all. Say, for example, you are traveling to England for the first time. You are touring a cathedral, and suddenly it seems as if you have been in that very spot before. Or maybe you are having dinner with a group of friends, discussing some current political topic, and you have the feeling that you've already experienced this very thing -- same friends, same dinner, same topic."


“All around the world, populism and the promise of simple solutions to complex problems has taken hold with a vice-like grip."

When in Rome ...

"Bentham didn’t want the panopticon to be a tool for oppression, and in fact its failure eventually led him to develop a type of anti-panopticon later in life – where a minister sits in an exposed room and is surrounded by members of the public who listen and ask questions. The idea is that this transparency holds power to account, because the most dangerous people in society can be rulers. It is important that they, as well as prisoners, workers and children, feel watched."

"As much as 70 percent of the population reports having experienced some form of déjà vu. A higher number of incidents occurs in people 15 to 25 years old than in any other age group."



"Several psychoanalysts attribute déjà vu to simple fantasy or wish fulfillment, while some psychiatrists ascribe it to a mismatching in the brain that causes the brain to mistake the present for the past. Many parapsychologists believe it is related to a past-life experience. Obviously, there is more investigation to be done."


With 'Donnie Darko' living next door and last night's musical tribute to the entire cast of East Enders ... one wonders, when.



"The UFO phenomenon follows this law with almost spooky conscientiousness. The few predictions that do come true in this collection are always about basically unimportant things happening or important things not happening. Unbelievers tend to have a better success rate than believers, but that seems to be largely because their predictions tend to be of a modest and forgettable form like the UFO phenomenon behaving more or less as it always has with no high consequences. When they get a little ambitious, they get cut down as well."


"the basic upshot is that their pronouncements deserve no more weight than the opinion of an average man in the street"

To the Three Dragons.



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Modern Skeptics

"The idea of putting billboards in space was not helped by the fact that they would be hit by space junk."


"In 1993 a US company called Space Marketing Inc proposed launching an illuminated billboard into a low orbit. It would be visible from Earth, appearing roughly the same size as the Moon.

Their idea was outlawed by the US Congress before it got off the ground — a ban still enforced today.

"The US Congress banned ads in the 1990s when they determined that space was not an area suitable for commercial messages," marketing expert Rohan Miller says...

But while the US has held its position, other parts of the world have been interested in "the novelty of ads in space"..."


"Venus continues to shine brightly as the “evening star” this week. It is the third brightest celestial object in the sky, beaten only by the sun and the moon. A good south-western horizon will be needed as the planet is not very high in the sky at the moment, but it is well worth searching for. Seen blazing brilliantly through the sunset sky, Venus is a breathtaking sight. Adding to the beauty, this week the planet is joined by another jewel of the twilight sky: a very thin crescent moon. This will be tricky to spot: the moon will be low in the sky and only 6.3% of its surface will be illuminated from earth."


"But in the age of social media where the ephemeral can become permanent, it's on the rise again."


Theres obviously been lots of luuurve festering int the air...

Shall we begin?

Save Our Sparks

"The star, named Betelgeuse, has dimmed its brightness so significantly that you can see the difference with the naked eye.

There's been speculation that this dimming means Betelgeuse will turn into a supernova, which has some astronomy fans excited.

But is that really what's happening up there?"

"We are encouraging everyone to come out to watch the sparkles, whirls and glittering showers and mark the start of 2020 and the new decade, together as a community, on the wonderful Yorkshire coast."

"If Betelgeuse really explodes as a supernova, this would be a great opportunity for us to study how massive stars explode and get a better understanding of stellar evolution and stellar interiors."

"The star is roughly 700 light-years away, so what we see in the sky now actually occurred several hundred years in the past.

"We see Betelgeuse now as it was about 700 years ago, so it's possible that Betelgeuse went supernova 500 years ago, and we wouldn't know about it for another two centuries," Gordon Brown says."

"When I began my first job in a pawnbrokers, I saw people forced to give up family heirlooms so they could afford to feed their children. And now, as an MP, I have seen the devastating impact successive Conservative governments have had on communities like mine."



"... many of them would love to see Betelgeuse explode — I do not."

"The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK."


Ah, So ...





Small steps ... ;-)

"It is an odd sight, I knew they form a train so when I saw two I knew what it was.

"If you've ever seen the International Space Station go over, it's probably of equal brightness at the moment."

However, the unusual sight unsettled some residents."


"It's bad enough we've got light pollution, and we do have lots of satellites up there but nothing as pernicious as this constellation."

The Pernicious.

Out & About





I can count to eight...


Oh, OK: -0


The Red or Dead ...

"The Truth About Red Food Dye Made from Bugs. ... There, the insects are sun-dried, crushed, and dunked in an acidic alcohol solution to produce carminic acid, the pigment that eventually becomes carmine or cochineal extract, depending on processing. About 70,000 insects are needed to produce a pound of dye."



Door Steps ...

Everything is gonna be OK...

Old people aka the Outlaws say nasty things when they are scared....



Thou must not pull petals off flowers nor stamp on Daisys.

If in doubt ... ask.

"chaos and panic"


How Now

"“There’s a local saying that if you go to a Manatee county commission meeting 50 years from now, there’s two things that’ll be on the agenda: sewage spills and Piney Point,” Compton adds. “This isn’t going away anytime soon.”"



"The analysis did not include Antarctica."



"If Brexit means anything then we should all have the right to Taser oiks in the street."


"Worst of all is the history syllabus."