The same people who argue that a “Star Wars” style missile defense system is purely defensive will argue just as vehemently that a “civilian” use of body armor is blatantly offensive.
Recumbent, that is.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, I took my first long ‘bent trip. The high was about 77 degrees F. On the Little Miami River Trail, I got on at mile marker 33 (South Lebanon), and went up to mile 7 (Spring Valley, Ohio). That’s 52 miles, round trip. That’s my longest trip ever – feel great, and could do it again right now. I saw five deer in two groups. The route offers quite a variety of scenery.
The recumbent removes all the physical pains that accompany standard biking. It’s an incredible machine with amazing mechanical advantage.
I’m still getting used to takeoff, and I use the Fred Flintstone technique. By that, I don’t mean that I smoke Winstons, because they “taste good like a cigarette should.” I mean I use Fred’s footwork. Picture a heavy goose taking off from water, and he kicks at the water to help get to climbing speed.
There’s my 24-speed Sun Speedster CX:
I moved the bell (a gift from Ash) onto the ‘bent:
This water flow used to be sent past an old mill’s water turbine:
Interstate 71 bridge over the Little Miami River valley:
This marker is right under the bridge:
A cat friend visited me, while I had a frozen lemonade at Miranda’s Restaurant in Morrow, Ohio, on the way back to South Lebanon. (note to the NSA – I mean Lebanon, Ohio, not that ‘other’ Lebanon. Please don’t send a SWAT team):
I just started reading another translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh. This one is by Andrew George. As a professor, master of the ancient languages, and academician, he can’t afford to admit that Gilgamesh is anything other than ancient fiction.
I disagree. The Epic states that Gilgamesh is said to be part god and part man. So he could be one of the creatures described in Genesis 6:
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
The Biblical flood was to remove most of those monstrosities, but some remained or were reintroduced after that. Also according to Genesis, Noah and his family were to be saved because Noah was “perfect in his generations.” That is, his genetics were perfect.
Joshua 24;14 refers to those gods who were ritually adored before the flood:
“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.”
Now, the following is quoted from Andrew George’s introduction to his translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh:
“Artfully woven into Gilgamesh’s own story are the traditional tale of the Deluge, the great flood by which in early human history the gods sought to destroy mankind, and a long description of the gloomy realm of the dead. From all this, Gilgamesh emerges as a kind of cultural hero. The wisdom he received at the ends of the earth from the survivor of the Deluge, Uta-napishti, enabled him to RESTORE THE TEMPLES OF THE LAND AND THEIR RITUALS TO THEIR IDEAL STATE OF ANTEDILUVIAN PERFECTION.”
(caps were added for emphasis)
The translator seems to admire Gilgamesh, and seems to approve of the restoration of the ritual worship of the fallen angels.
Recently, I’ve been reading, for the second time, “Fallen Angels and the Origins of Evil” by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. A very interesting book, it covers the familiar story of Genesis 6, and relates how that is really a concise summary of the much earlier Book of Enoch. The theme of the fallen ones also appears in several other places in the Bible.
Interestingly, the author invokes the possibility that they are still here. She contends that they have set up networks over millennia, placing themselves into the seats of power in states, religions, educational institutions, and over all the affairs of man.
They are the mass murderers, who have a complete lack of empathy. They are the leaders who strive for constant war and the endless pursuit of poverty and misery for the people. They are the members of the secret societies, with their secret rites, rituals, and mutual execrations. I recommend the book.
By the way, consider the two following pictures. One is a mass murderer. One is a mass leader of a western nation. I don’t see how anyone can gaze upon these twisted countenances and fail to discern the demonic entities that drive both.
So, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet, Triton X-100 is severely carcinogenic.
According to the Fluzone and Fluarix manufacturers’ inserts, it’s in their flu vaccines.
Finally, according to the inserts, they can’t be bothered with checking for cancer effects.
Maybe they already know the answer…
Now, ask yourself – has a doctor or nurse ever pointed this out to you? Why not?
“Over-grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”
– General George Washington (1732-1799)
“[The] conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. . . . In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
– General Dwight D. Eisenhower
“It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.”
– General Douglas MacArthur
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.”
– General Smedley Darlington Butler (from his book “War Is a Racket”)