Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

warming up

After a few weeks of afternoon temperatures well above freezing, the ice is finally gone from our driveway and roads. That enabled me to get my bicycle out of the shed and take it for it’s first ride of the year. The tires had given up a little air over the winter. I didn’t even bother to refill. They weren’t low enough to cause any harm, just increase their rolling resistance. Said another way, I had to pedal harder and couldn’t go as fast as I would be able to were they properly inflated. No loss at all. The point was to spend TIME outside and to push the pedals for exercise. Neither distance traveled nor speed of travel were […]

electricity – who needs it?

I hope you aren’t overly attached to electrical devices and the power grid delivering it regularly. As I pointed out last July, USAF has reoccupied Cheyenne Mountain as insurance against EMP attacks. Were I in a leadership position of some country threatened by the USofA adventurism, launching an EMP from a container ship near the Pacific, Atlantic or Gulf coast would be one of the crucial first steps to cut the power of the world’s dominant military machine. I am no great military mind, but fershur if I can see this, there are Chinese, Koreans, Iranians, Russians and others who can too… and who could do the job any time they wished. Those of us labeled “conspiracy theorists” by the […]

Bull* vetoes

Bullock again proves himself ignorant and incompetent to hold an office representing the people of Montana. Twenty states have “Constitutional Carry” – that is, no law against carrying weapons regardless of whether your coat falls over it or not. There are absolutely no related problems in any of them. With a strong, knowledgeable gun culture, Montana is no more at risk than any of them, particularly including the most recent addition to that list, New Hampshire. Both houses of the state legislature agreed. King Bull* disagreed. His second idiotic move Thursday was vetoing legal carry into Montana Post Offices. Over a decade ago a couple of US Postal Service employees “went postal” and shot some co-workers. From postal service […]

sneezing etiquette

Though nearly a decade old, this video on minimizing the spread of diseases should be shared again. The easiest reflex is to put your hand up to keep from blasting everyone nearby. But it is wrong. Mythbusters took on the sleeve VS hand and hankie in the lower video. While the upper one uses logic and expects you to trust them, as is their mission, Mythbusters finds a way to test the theory.

dam threatens Bitterroot

I have published 6 articles in the last 3 years about the risk posed downstream from the Painted Rocks dam reservoir. A couple of them were from when I was attempting to work with the Ravalli County Office of Emergency Services. Bitterroot Bugle previous articles on Painted Rocks I cannot forget how my meeting with the head and his assistant went. The assistant, by the way, is now the agency chief. “ According to your data, a Painted Rocks Dam failure would put a 20-40 foot wall of water through The West Fork, Conner and Darby, and 20 feet through Hamilton. Do you believe that assesment? Well, we aren’t engineers, but yes, we believe their analysis. That would mean perhaps […]

ice dam

East Fork of The Bitterroot River frozen over Ice dams form as Bitterroot river thaws

losing it

Over the last couple of years, my mealtime portions shrunk significantly, seconds stopped and most of my lovely, wonderful carbohydrates have been cut back dramatically to a shadow of their former, joyous selves. But relentlessly, month-by-month, my aging metabolism has reduced my inspiration to burn the necessary calories that would keep my waistline contained in my pants utilizing only the size I want to wear. Couple that with a digital scale that is pretty-darn merciless in explaining loud and clear what the mirror has been trying to tell me. It was the scale that finally, well, tipped the scale. The dang thing tried to warn me off, but I wouldn’t listen. Finally it screamed, 199.5. Oh no! THAT WILL […]

pervasive flu, cough

It is going around… the world. “Everybody” is getting it. A really bad one. Nasty. Oh, but don’t give a second thought to the plumes spewing out of the spray planes criss-crossing our skies. Big Sky Country almost implies BLUE, and clean. But we get their white streaks expanding into pervasive pasty-white more often than we get blue. What are they spraying? And why? Global Skywatch .com does a much better job than I can. If you are interested, go there. If they were spraying, people would document it and laboratory tests would prove it. People are documenting it. Lab tests are proving it. Nature is proving it. Our health is proving it. Ignoring it, or paying attention … […]