While we were doing

our thing at the Fortress on Sunday, all hell was breaking loose up here in the North East. The rain, which was bucketing down, was causing all kinds of problems. Patrick, our drummer called me yesterday with the news that his friend Eddie’s daughter had been swept away in the floods and drowned. I’ve met Eddie, he is a nice guy. He invited me to a gig that had some of the members of the Band were playing. These things sometimes come out of the blue to remind us that nature largely controls our lives to a certain extent. It must have been terrible for Eddie, because even though he was there when it happened, there was nothing he could do at the time. It’s been raining all over the world recently. Flooding here, flooding there, flooding everywhere. It only seems to be happening in developed countries though. Australia has had a couple of years of massive floods now. What’s going on? It’s most probably related to the cycles of the sun. This is what NASA says about it ,

The Sun King in high heels. Nice!

The Sun is a huge ball of electrically-charged hot gas. This charged gas moves, generating a powerful magnetic field. The Sun’s magnetic field goes through a cycle, called the solar cycle. Every 11 years or so, the Sun’s magnetic field completely flips. This means that the Sun’s north and south poles switch places.

We’re currently in Solar cycle 25. The National Weather Service has a page all about it,

“Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts said Solar Cycle 25 may have a slow start, but is anticipated to peak with solar maximum occurring between 2023 and 2026, and a sunspot range of 95 to 130. This is well below the average number of sunspots, which typically ranges from 140 to 220 sunspots per solar cycle. The panel has high confidence that the coming cycle should break the trend of weakening solar activity seen over the past four cycles.”

The sun can produced things known as CMEs. Huge eruptions on the surface which can effect things here on earth In 1859 the Carrington event caused widespread damage to telegraph stations around the world and produced aurora displays as far south as the Caribbean. If the sun can knock out the electrical grid, it can probably affect the climate here as well. I don’t know if that’s what’s causing the excessive rain at the moment, but it’s not man made “climate change” I’m certain of it. If some of these AGW midwits like Bill Gates were seeding the clouds and fucking up the weather, I’d be more inclined to believe that. It’s not farting cows or Suvs.

Since he became King of the Hobos, Merle Haggard has been looking a little rough.

I just heard the sound of rattling tin cans outside, so I looked out the window. It appears some hobo is going through his inventory outside my house. Now just the red plastic shopping cart is there, and the bum is nowhere to be seen. WTF? Why is it always outside this place? The Fortress attracts weirdos I tell ya. I’ve discovered people waiting for rides sitting on the steps here. You have to physically walk in past the front fence to do that. What sort of imbecile thinks this is cool? It’s not the Greyhound bus depot here. Ok, the hobo has moved on silently like a ghost. I can concentrate again.

This Tuesday journal is going nowhere today, so I’m gonna stop. I’ve just done a c/p of mostly useless information supposed to fire my imagination, I can’t get no satisfaction. I’ll do better tomorrow.

Please enjoy this unlisted Far Out Youtube video from Sunday.