Red Skies At Night, Red Skies At Morning

Well, if California’s reaction to COVID-19 weren’t bad enough, we now have wildfires burning all over the state. Not only us but Oregon and Washington State as well. There is no escpape. A few weeks ago we could drive to the coast for some much needed fresh air. In the last two weeks even coastal air has been declared dangerous.

Red skies at morning, noon, and evening

California’s air is extremely dangerous in some areas. For instance, in my town a few days ago the Air Quality Index was 185. In recent weeks it peaked out at 390 or so. Bridgeport, CA a few days ago was at 1200! Here is a handy reference table for your shock and horror.

Daily AQI ColorLevels of ConcernValues of IndexDescription of Air Quality
GreenGood0 to 50Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
YellowModerate51 to 100Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
OrangeUnhealthy for Sensitive Groups101 to 150Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.
RedUnhealthy151 to 200Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
PurpleVery Unhealthy201 to 300Health alert: The risk of health effects is increased for everyone.
MaroonHazardous301 and higherHealth warning of emergency conditions: everyone is more likely to be affected.
I have woken up many mornings to find my truck covered in ash

We have been praying for clean air and our prayers might finally be answered this week with a storm system that could be moving through the area. It won’t give us much if any rain but it will at least stir the air up and send the smoke on it’s way. Sorry East Coast US.

I’m hopeful that this will happen as we have a camping trip scheduled for next week and we don’t want to miss that.

Clean air at the beach!

Prophecy From A Movie

I never watched the movie Network which was released back in 1976. I was probably too young and as the years went by I never gave it a thought. The other day I ran across this scene from the move and it couldn’t be more appropriate for today. The state of media was bad back then but it was more subtle, we didn’t notice it. But there is no subtlety today. No nuances. It is one side trying to shout down the other side. News anchors trying to tell us what we MUST think and people believing them because people do not know how to learn on their own any more.

Watch this. Think for yourself. Learn.

Even More Nightwish

Actually this isn’t really about their music but about them as a group. The more I learn about them the more I like them. This group genuinely cares about the others. You can see Jukka Nevalainen playing drums in the video on my previous post. He’s easily one of my favorite drummers to watch. But he had to step down and his band mates where very supportive. I hope he feels better soon and comes back. Insomnia is no joke.

Interesting side note. I’ve never heard Finnish spoken before. That’s interesting as well.

4 Year Work Anniversary

A little over 4 years ago I got the news that I was about to be laid off. Again. I was working for McClatchy Newspapers and was told that within 3 months we would all be let go. I went into full-blown job search mode. I started sending out resumes, I started researching was I could make money online and go into business for myself.

In the middle of all that I began praying in faith to God. My prayer was, “Father, I know you have my next job already picked out for me. Please just give me the wisdom to recognize the opportunities you present me with.”

Within a month of praying that prayer I saw job posting at a county hospital. They were looking for someone with my exact qualifications. So, on the last day the posting was open, I applied and didn’t think anything more about it. A few weeks later a followup questionnaire was emailed to me. I filled that out and sent it back and then didn’t think anything more about it. A few weeks later I was called in for a panel interview. I interviewed with them but didn’t think it went particularly good. And then didn’t think anything more about it.

Then on a Friday afternoon I was called in for a second interview with the CIO and a few other people. One woman just kept staring at me like I was crazy. I answered all their questions. I had been doing at my last job exactly what they were looking for for this job. That afternoon there was an email in my personal email box from the CIO stating “I should’t tell you this but you got the job!”

God had provided for me… YET AGAIN! My family would be taken care of by GOD! So this is more than just a job. More than just a work anniversary for me. It is the anniversary of date that God provided for my family. I had prayed in faith, and God had responded to my faith. I’ve certainly done nothing to deserve it. But I feel the need to witness what God has done for me.

So Happy Anniversary to me and thank you God!

Network Admin Life

As you may or may not know, I have a YouTube channel.  Actually two.  One is my personal channel where I post flying videos, family video, etc.  The other channel is targeted to other network administrators or those wishing to become network administrators.  It’s more or less just a peek inside my life as a network administrator.

You can take a look here:

https://www.youtube.com/c/NetworkAdminLife

 

Tonopah Earthquake

The morning of May 14th I woke up at 4am for no apparent reason.  I do that sometimes and then usually go right back to sleep.  I was just trying to get settled when I felt the bed moving.  I thought my wife was stirring but then I heard the blinds rattling against the window.  As if someone were rocking them.  I looked at my wife and she was sound asleep and the bed was still moving.  This went on for 10 seconds or so and then stopped.

It was an earthquake.  I immediately recalled the last earthquake I had felt.  You see earthquakes are rare in my part of California.  When we feel them, it’s because a strong one has struck elsewhere.  The last one we felt was the Loma Prieta earthquake which was a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.  This one felt similar so I estimated it was at least a 6.0 earthquake… somewhere.  I thought it was going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area but it turned out to be in Tonopah Nevada, and it was magnitude 6.5.

Interesting.  Tonopah has certainly had some seismic activity over the years but not much.  When the ground moves near Tonopah it’s usually due to the bombing range just to the south of Tonopah at the Tonopah Test Range.  The area is pockmarked with bomb craters.  Including some really big ones caused by ground subsidence from underground nuclear bomb tests.  It’s interesting to note that a hydrogen bomb detonated underground will cause Richter scale readings in the 6.0-7.1 range.  A recent North Korean earthquake was the result of a nuclear test.   These tests can be detected all over the earth since they make the earth’s crust ring like a bell.

I just find the timing of the “earthquake” highly suspect.  The US imposes trade tariffs.  China’s economy starts to collapse.  China somehow becomes the source of a strange new virus.  Now the rest of the world’s economy is in shambles levelling the playing field for China.  Now we have an “earthquake” which can be detected all over the world in a place that is known for testing nuclear bombs.  If you look at the location it’s a perfect place to test one.  Could it be our government sending a message to the world?  If you don’t abide by our treaties then neither will we?

Or it could have been just an earthquake.

The Last Free Generation

I remember when I was younger hearing my father talk about his youth and how we had lost a lot of the freedoms in this country that he enjoyed as a boy.  At the time I couldn’t figure out what he meant.  After all, I was free.  I could go where I wanted, do what I wanted when I wanted to do it.

Until now…

Now, in the name of safety, we are prevented from going where we want, doing what we want when we want to do it.  Now, I know there are people at risk when they catch any disease and this current one is extremely contagious.  I do truly get it.  I work in a hospital.  I see the patients, I see the anxious loved ones who wait outside to talk to them on a video phone.  It is scary.  I get it.  I even have an 87 year old battling cancer living in my home.  She is very much at risk.   Heck, I’ve had pneumonia twice and could easily have died both times, I’m at risk.

And so now, to save people our government is forcing businesses to close and people to stay in their homes.  We can’t get haircuts or go out to dinner or go play golf.  However, those in positions of power are able to get haircuts, go out to dinner, and play golf.  Again, this was all done in the name of our “safety.”  But I fear they’ve had a taste, and they like what they tasted.  A population completely reliant on government.

And the media, once the champion of dissent in this country, is helping them.  All videos presenting differing viewpoints have been taken down as the Google fact-checkers have determined that these differing opinions do not represent “good science.”  A codeword meaning “agrees with the narrative”.  The fact-checkers themselves are not scientists and so aren’t qualified to decide what good science is.  Instead, they check the video for the proper political alignment.  If they don’t further the narrative of a particular political party, they are removed.  This goes for both Google and Facebook.

You are free to agree with them, but you are not free to disagree.  In fact, within my children’s life time I would not be at all surprised to see most freedoms removed in the name of safety.  They finally found an “in”.  A way to slide into socialism and have everyone cheer about it.   Americans don’t want freedom anymore, they want safety.  And that’s just sad.

And The Truth Will Set Us Free

It seems that WHO and CDC among others are fanning the flames of this current COVID-19 crisis.  The numbers are not what we were led to believe.  The current pandemic may actually be the second wave, not the first wave of infections.  The actual infection rate of COVID-19 is much higher than previously thought.  Which means the death rate is much lower than has been reported.

Here is a video from a doctor telling the full story…