Every day begins and ends with news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is causing fluctuations on the global marketplace. Stocks and Oil go up and down as the wizards of Wall Street wring their collective hands and fondle their worry beads. Is this virus going to become a pandemic?
Every year the water level of Lake Michigan rises and falls with the seasons. It falls in the winter, when the lake freezes over and rises in the summer when the ice melts. Lately the lake hasn’t been freezing over.
We all lived in two trailers (mobile homes) and one tiny house on Collins Street, north of Sandy Hollow Road on the south side of Rockford, Illinois. The trailers are long gone but the tiny house remains. Some of the Bland sisters lived in one of the trailers and my brother, Mike, shared the other trailer with Mickey Pruitt, or one of his brothers. I think I lived in the house or maybe the trailer… We partied a lot. Drank a lot of TJ Swann Easy Nights wine and smoked a lot of weed. We listened to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton. It was a time of carefree living and it did not last for long.
The purpose of the DVD list is to make sure I don’t have any duplicates!
Here is where I check the prices: https://www.blu-ray.com/ and Amazon
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Blu-Ray
Hitler: The Last Ten days (1973) Blu-Ray $15.99
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Blu-Ray + DVD $14.38
Licence To Kill
My Neighbor Totoro (1998) Blu-Ray + DVD $15.99
Ponyo (2008) Blu-Ray + DVD $14.94
Princess Mononoke (1997) Blu-Ray + DVD $14.97
The Secret World Of Arrietty (2010) Blu-Ray + DVD $15.99
X-Men (2000) Blu-Ray $13.90
X2 X-Men United (2003) Blu-Ray $17.49
X-Men The Last Stand (2006) Blu-Ray $7.98
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Blu-Ray+Digital HD $4.09
X-Men First Class (2011) Blu-Ray $3.99
The Wolverine (2013) Blu-Ray $2.99
X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014) $1.91
X-Men Apocalypse (2016) Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital HD $1.27
When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018 both of them knew it was going to be difficult but two years later Harry and Meghan are ditching Merru Old England for a life with little Archie in distant Canada, and now there are rumors that they are moving to Los Angeles, and that she is looking for a professional agent.
What happened to drive them to such a drastic change in lifestyle and location? Most likely it was several things.
When Meghan and Harry married the paparazzi were already trailing her because photographs of the Duchess were in high demand but once Meghan decided not to cooperate and provide access the tabloids turned on her. She and Archie both became the target of racist tabloid publishers who began a systematic attack on them when they came to realize that Meghan was not going to give them the photographs that they need to sell copies of their tabloids.
When Princess Diana was alive, photographs of her were selling for an astounding $100,000.00. The paparazzi were getting rich and the publishers were getting richer. Photographs of the Princess on vacation with Dodi Fayed, just before her death, were the most sought after photographs in history. The Princess was attempting to get some control of the situation by limiting access and secretly telling favored paparazzi where she would be at specific times. Unfortunately the pursuit of those photographs led to her tragic death and there is no one more aware of this than her children.
Once Prince William married and started a family he and his wife made sure that their images would not be splattered all over the tabloids every day by living behind the iron and steel gates of their very private heavily guarded homes. The only photographs the public sees of William and Kate are the ones taken at public events they attend where there are also invited photographers. At this time, The Queen, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, his son William, and wife Katherine and their children live in a royal bubble that up until recently included Harry, but when he married Meghan she encountered a lot of hostility because she was divorced, because she was an American, mostly because she was of mixed race.
Meghan is very probably more adept at expressing herself than her husband and she quickly let everyone know that she wasn’t pleased with the situation and neither was Harry. They decided that they wanted a different life that the one that was forced upon them by their family.
When they decided to spend Christmas in Canada, the tabloids went berzerk. Hundreds of paparazzi descended on Vancouver but found few opportunities to capture photographs. The tabloids had nothing and they were forced to use old photographs and no doubt, sales were affected.
The XB-37 is a very effective tool with a number of important capabilities:
- HD Photography of surface activity.
- UHD Video Recording of surface activity.
- Microwave Eavesdropping on cellular networks.
- Laser and Radar mapping of surface features.
- Identification and retrieval of other spacecraft and satellites.
The Russians and the Chinese are working on technologies that might enable them to destroy the XB-37 as it lingers in low orbit over their countries, but so far they haven’t risked using it or they have and it hasn’t worked.
The XB-37 is probably very good at side-angle scanning where it stations itself above a friendly zone and then turns on it’s side, opens it’s bay doors and uses it’s cameras and scanners to record activities and collect other data. This is less effective because there is more atmospheric distortion in a side-angle scan.
The small size of the XB-37 is probably it’s most important feature because it might not be detected by distant land or sea based radars. It may also feature stealth technology, but for sure, one thing it can do, is flit around the Earth in low orbit and perform a variety of missions clandestinely.
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