The Winter Solstice celebration is here to stay

Not a whole lot to say about the shortest day of the year. And a wide variety of cultures have their own versions.

The winter solstice is just one of the four cornerstones of the “wheel of life”. And this celebration has been going on for centuries. It has also evolved over this time.

The solstice itself may have been a special moment of the annual cycle of the year even during neolithic times. Astronomical events, which during ancient times controlled the mating of animals, sowing of crops and metering of winter reserves between harvests, show how various cultural mythologies and traditions have arisen. This is attested by physical remains in the layouts of late Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites, such as Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland. The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line pointing to the winter solstice sunrise (Newgrange) and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge). Significant in respect of Stonehenge is the fact that the Great Trilithon was erected outwards from the centre of the monument, i.e., its smooth flat face was turned towards the midwinter Sun.[3]
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With that said it is obvious that the primary elements of the celebration of today are remnants of these ancient traditions. It makes me feel that this time of the year has some basic things for the rest of us that aren’t necessarily religious. If you are religious then good for you.

So the Winter Solstice can’t be maligned for it’s religious implications despite it’s alignments with some modern celebrations. So take heart in the knowledge that all these goofies are  really participating in an an ancient pagan party despite what they claim.

So from me to you …. Happy Solstice!


212-659-6471 Your Computer has a problem!

OMG! My computer is infected!

These phoney Indian MS Technical Support guys are back!

Only now they have pirated a new phone number. This time it is 212-659-6471 listed as the J.E. Robert Company. And the number is based in New York, New York.

After a quick bit of online research I guess this number is also connected to some GreenDot card scams and others. So beware! These goofies are out to try anything.

Just another public service announcement!

*** More good on this activity here at

815-895-3288 Your Computer Has A Problem

Microsoft Technical Support?! Really!?!

Total asshats! But fun guys really!

I have been dealing with these goofies for a few months now. Well, sadly a whole lot of people throughout the US have. And for me at least it is not any less entertaining than the first time they called. Unfortunately they are persistent and for some reason can’t be blocked effectively. So why not have some fun with them?

They have a heavy Indian[ as in India ] accent and the calls are always premised with a statement that they are from Microsoft and they noticed that my computer has some sort of technical problem. A download is not working, it’s infected or it’s not up to date. I have played these guys out a couple of times and it appears that they want you to load some software to give them remote access. WTF were they thinking! But most of the time I don’t get that far. They will most likely hang up at some point. If you do get them on the hook for a bit then you get a word in and rip into them they will give you a variety of responses including “You go to he11!”.

Wired: A senior security researcher from Malwarebytes has played along with a Microsoft technical support scammer, documenting the whole episode in a video, to showcase the social engineering that takes place. Site

I love it! I can’t seem to stop them but when they call I do try to jack them up and play along till I see an opportunity and then rip into them! I love it! I hate phone scammers!

So if you do happen to get a call from these guys all I can say is have some fun with them! Or you can just hang up. But what fun would that be!

More fun with PC scammers videos

Take some time. This is funnt stuff! Now this is entertainment!

Ian Anderson Plays for American Heroes

Ian Anderson Plays for American Heroes

with the Virginia Military (VMI) Institute Jazz Band

On October 5, 2014 Ian Anderson and his band performed the Best of Jethro Tull Helping the Heroes at The National Theater in Richmond, Virginia.

Once again my favorite musical icon supports Helping The Heroes! I like it!

Ian Anderson and The Global Campaign Againt IED’s

Global Campaign Against Improvised Explosive Devices

My favorite musician Ian Anderson is backing this initiative. And I like it. They are using his music as the soundtrack for one of their YouTube videos. Way cool!

Check it out! I like it.

You may want to check out the website HERE

Jury Orders AutoZone To Pay Former Employee $185M For Pregnancy Discrimination

As a working member of this community, auto parts retail, I hope this is a wake up call to all the HR people in ALL of the retail groups. There is a lot of “shady” stuff going on in all the chains. And the prevailing notion is “We are bigger than you!”. Well…. that may be fuel fo ra few more of these attaention getting penalties! Excellent!

Fire is no joke! Get protected!

This is a public service announcement

Smoke detector

I got my up close and personal reminder Saturday night

It came at 3AM on Sunday morning with a wicked house fire directly across the street from me. After hearing a soft thump I was brought all the way awake by Snoop Dog barking excitedly. When I got to the hallway, which has a direct view out of my front window, it was lit up orange! When I got to the window I saw the house across from me with the whole front fascia in flames! I scrambled for the phone but was sidetracked with the arrival of an Oak Park Police cruiser. I knew the Oak Park Fire Department was not far behind. He immediately started banging on the door of the two adjacent houses to the flaming house warning them to the danger.

And when I say  it went up fast! And I do mean fast! Minutes actually. And since we do live at the end of a dead end street when they brought in a ladder truck and a pumper it got kluged up real quick. Throw in a couple of police cars and we have a full street party! One good thing is that we have a fire hydrant less than 100 ft. away. Fireman were able to knock it down quickly but it took a bit to get to the hot spots in the attic areas. But Oak Park Emergency Services did an excellent job! So the fire party finally broke up about 6AM. Great job City of Oak Park!

The good part is that the couple that lived there got out OK! I don’t know if they had smoke detectors but I hope so. If not, they got real lucky! After that cold evening with all the neighbors gathered outside it got to me pretty badly.

I did stay up for the rest of the day. But the images plagued me all day. After a long day I didn’t sleep too well the next night. During our conversations the following day I discovered that Faye Dean didn’t sleep well either! And with that the next morning I made a pointed decision that I would get some protection … NOW! I decided to install all new detection units . I went and got a hand full of new units including a carbon monoxide sensor unit.

Putting them in took only a couple of hours. The combo unit smoke/CO2 went in the main hallway. The living room,  bedroom  and den on the main floor each got one. The upstairs den got one directly above the stairwell.  And the last unit was placed at the top of the basement stairs.

I do have a trio of fire extinguishers on hand. I have actually had them for years. One in the kitchen, one in the basement and one upstairs. They will all be re-certified and recharged here shortly.

As you can tell this event got my attention real quick and real hard. I now have all my detectors and I will be getting my fire extinguishers re-certified soonish. Faye Dean and I have both slept better since the install. And all I can say is this!

Get Protected! Fire is no joke!