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Posts Tagged ‘History’

Ra The Cat

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Okay, so like over a thousand years ago B.C. there was this Egyptian sun god named Ra, and he was pretty powerful. You’ve probably heard of him.

There was also a god named Apep or Apophis or something. He was a snake, the god of the underworld in charge of the forces of chaos and evil. The sun god had had enough of Apep‘s assholery and decided to take him out. Ra heard that Apep liked hanging out around a certain sacred sycamore tree.

Ra thought about it for a while, and instead of burning Apep to cinders with his sun god eyes, he decided to turn himself into a cat with a beard and a knife, find the sacred sycamore tree, and kill him. (He forgot that cats don’t have hands, but he ignored that part.)

Apparently Ra cut Apep pretty good, but he didn’t kill him, so he dropped the cat costume, went back to being the sun god and pretended it never happened. I think he was embarrassed.

Under a sacred sycamore the sun god Ra, in the form of a cat, slays the snake Apep (or Apophis), god of the underworld and symbol of the forces of chaos and evil. Detail of a wall painting from the tomb of Inherkhau (TT359).

New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, ca. 1189-1077 BC. Deir el-Medina, West Thebes.

[Image & caption found here, via here.]

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Water Towers

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

[Images found in here. Click for larger, each image has the name and location in the title of each .jpg.]

Occasional Cortex Hot Links

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Cat rescue.

Not alotta Lada left.

Veinte Ideas Increíbles Con WD-40.

“History never repeats itself, but it rhymes.”
-Mark Twain (or someone).

Dude is amusing. Death metal meets the Beatles.

Toyota key fob battery dead? Locked out? Can’t start your car? Try these hacks. Might work for other brands, too.

Fun Facts To Know & Tell: Every amoeba is a clone. If someone named Cathy owned one for a pet, it would be Cathy’s Clone.

Gary Sinese (aka “Lt. Dan” in the movie Forrest Gump) received a surprise tribute from service members, 1st responders & Hollywood celebs.

Universal Basic Income: Finland’s experiment (to reduce their 9% unemployment rate by handing out free money) lasted a little over one year. [h/t rightymouse]

What Americans Must Know About Socialism.

Venezuelan immigrants speak out: “You do not ever want anything close to socialism.”

[Top image: Alexandria Occasional Cortex & Friends. h/t Octo.]

National Gross Domestic Hot Links

Sunday, 16 December 2018

DJ Marshmallow is awesome [via].

Dontcha just know it. Cuba cuba cuba cuba

They named the student, but won’t name the badgering teacher.

Savannah College of Art and Design students opine on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas when they’ve never heard of him.

Can’t score off the referee. Nope. (Was that one of the Hanson Brothers?)

Top 10 GDP By Country 1960-2017 is an interesting graph animation. Russia fell off the map in 1993 and didn’t make the Top 10 for 20 years. China made the list in 1993, and look what they’ve accomplished since then. [Found via here].

Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a pretty and innocent classic song about flirting, nothing more (despite what the SJWs would have you believe).

Fun Facts To Know And Tell: The USS California, christened in 1908, was sunk in 1918 by a German U-Boat.  The USS San Diego, christened in 1914, was sunk in 1918 by the same U-Boat… yet the United States lost only one ship during WWI. Amazing that only six lives were lost. The latest story (with photos and sonar imaging) is here.

“The difference between a good officer and a poor one is about ten seconds.” —US Admiral Arleigh Burke (1901-1996) More here.

A 3,000 year-old penguin “super colony” was recently discovered in Antarctica, and the UK Daily Mail has to explain what guano is.

Penguins migrate.

[Top image: One-Eyed Charley Parkhurst had a fascinating life story. More here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 562 – 7 December 1941 We Remember

Friday, 7 December 2018

The missus’ Uncle Harry was there. The Japanese were strafing the airfield, and Harry dived under the heaviest piece of equipment he could find.  He found out later that it was an ammo truck.

Harry survived the attack. Many did not.

That’s a scan of my late Dad’s rubber stamp. He used on all his snail-mail correspondence.

[Related posts here.]

Thanksgiving 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018


Food, football, and…oppression. That’s what Thanksgiving has come to mean to many Americans. Back in 2007, Seattle public school officials made national news by describing the holiday as a “time of mourning” and a “bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal.” This new narrative describes the Pilgrims as arrogant oppressors who fled persecution only to become persecutors themselves, depriving Native Americans of their land and their lives. But this is wrong on every count.

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

This is kinda fun, too.

Have a great Thanksgiving, folks, and remember to pray that we may always celebrate this important Holiday. – Bunk Strutts

[More Thanksgiving-themed posts here.]

Saturday Matinee – Boop, Bongos, Bass & Bob, Gatemouth Brown and RIP Roy Clark

Saturday, 17 November 2018

In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt ran against incumbent President Herbert Hoover for the presidency, hence the caricatures, and there are hints about the repeal of Prohibition in this cartoon. Hoover first shows up at 0:45. “Mr. Nobody” (1:12) probably refers to the other six candidates, including 3rd runner-up Socialist Party candidate Norman Thomas. Roosevelt’s nose and chin appear at 2:12.

The depiction of Congress at 2:28 is relevant today (as is Betty Boop twerking, promising everything for free). [Video found via here.]

Yep. That’s Penn Gillette (of Penn & Teller) on bass ca 1991. I first saw it in a movie theater as part of “Animation Celebration” or something, but I couldn’t find a link.

Clarence Gatemouth Brown (1924-2005) didn’t use a pick, and his calluses were tougher than woodpecker lips. Here’s his take on Bill Doggett‘s classic 1956 hit “Honky Tonk.” Brown was a speed blues artist as well. (If you doubt me, check out “Pressure Cooker.“)

RIP Roy Clark (1922-2018) What a great musical talent.

See you back here tomorrow for more extraneous arbitrary extrapolations.


Pray for those who lost loved ones, homes and businesses in the California fires, and don’t fall for the soulless scammers asking for donations. Donate directly to trusted charities only.

 


WWI – Navy Aircraft deployed to Nova Scotia

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

 

– A Curtiss HS-2L at U.S. Naval Air Station Halifax, circa 1918. Crates containing the first two HS-2L flying boats arrived at the station on 17 August 1918. The first aircraft was assembled and successfully test flown two days later.

The second-oldest military airfield in Canada, the Shearwater air station at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has been home to Canada’s naval or RCAF maritime air squadrons since its inception in 1918.

[Image & caption found here.]

Armistice Day – The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month 1918

Sunday, 11 November 2018

100 YEARS AGO

Celebration of the end of WWI, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph shows crowds filling streets surrounding City Hall in celebration of Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, with replica Statue of Liberty.

[Image from here. Related posts here.]

R.I.P. Senator John McCain 1936-2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Regardless of his politics, some of which I’ve disagreed with, John McCain forever earned my respect for his conduct during his 5+ years incarceration as a POW in North Vietnam.

[Related post here.]


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