Total Solar Eclipse Filmed in Time Lapse

Last week a total solar eclipse viewable from Chile took place. This time there was a great ground view perspective filmed via time lapse video.


Former Waitress & School Drop Out Says Making Β£100K/yr Trading: Legit or Scam?

I just read an article about a woman who changed her career from being a waitress to successful trader and according to the article, is on track to make Β£100K pounds this year, and all this from taking a Forex trading class.

If true, this is a stupendous achievement and she deserves all the high praise and credit. However, I noticed several red flags when reading the article that make me think all is not as it seems and it may be an elaborate advertisement to pay $$$ for a trading class.

First off, learning how to successfully trade is an endeavor that many try, but only a choice few succeed. The odds against reaching the point of being able to trade for a living have been reported as low as 3% and that even the best odds are at ~20%, as in out of 100 people who attempt trading, only 20 will succeed in not losing money and even fewer will be able to achieve high returns on a consistent basis. So the odds of someone just casually walking in and trying and succeeding at trading are very slim.

Next, while many trading courses are offered for sale for prices that range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, the internet is full of sorrowful tales of those who spent big bucks on these classes, only to not gain any new skills and still not be able to successfully trade. Personally speaking, I have yet to meet anyone successful at trading that got their skills from a class rather than being self taught or having been lucky enough to have a friend/relative as a mentor.

The vast bulk of trading classes are mostly set to lure in the “get rich quick” type of folks who are looking for shortcuts to success. As we know in life – there are very few if any shortcuts in achieving highly sought after goals/rewards. So I have a high amount of skepticism that a school drop out can take a trading class on a whim and instantly find such huge success.

The pictures included in the article also stand out as red flags in that they mostly show conspicuous lavish spending- as if to set the mood that she is now living a life of luxury and easy living.

The typical tell-tale sign of “potential scam” is when trading “guru’s” show pictures of ostentatious wealth, suggesting that “you too can have this lifestyle if you pay for their course/training”. In reality, successful traders and those from other professions don’t go around showing off their wealth.

Like I said earlier, if the story is legit, then congratulations are in order, but I get more of a vibe that this is really a commercial for paying $$$ for a Forex class rather than a genuine financial success story.

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Injured Hiker Gets Airlift, but Things take a Surprising “NASA- Like” Turn

A woman in Arizona injured her ankle while hiking and needed to be airlifted out.

The rescue helicopter came and hooked her pallet up to a cable be lifted into the helicopter which was unable to land due to the terrain.

Things went awry when the pallet the woman was on began to spin as it was raised towards the helicopter. There is a special cable attached that is supposed to prevent this from happening but it wasn’t working and the woman continued to spin faster and faster, now resembling something you would see at a NASA astronaut testing site. 😲

The good news is despite the intensity and speed at which she was spinning, it was reported that she suffered no harm from that except feelings of some dizziness and nausea. πŸ₯΄πŸ€’

I would think if she stayed conscious during that ordeal, she should qualify to be admitted to NASA’s program! πŸ‘©β€πŸš€πŸš€

Western States Finally Get Seasonal Temps 😎

Hard to believe but the last week in May had temps in California and the west coast feeling more like early spring rather than knocking on the door to summer.

Last Week Day Time Temps (F):

Day Time Temps (C):

Night Temps (F):

Night Temps (C):

Look at that big “cold blue” temp range incursion that was happening at night. πŸ₯Ά

The jet stream was doing weird things with bringing cold air in deep into the US on the west and them climb back up towards the east. You can see the path by tracing out the yellow line as you go from west to east. On one side was very cold air and the other side hot air and that causes very unstable weather when they mix. This is also why the US has experienced a record number of storms and tornadoes this year.

Automation Nation: The Self-Driving Robot Trucks Have Arrived!

In 2017, I wrote a blog about the coming wave of automation that most will not be ready for.

Here it is in 2019 and we see more and more evidence of the impending automation wave.

The United States Postal Service is now using self driving trucks to test delivery of mail between Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas.

If the test proves successful, you can be sure they will be ramping up to more cities and it won’t be long before other shipping companies follow suit.

Clearly this isn’t good news for human truck drivers, who will have to compete with a robot that doesn’t need sleep.

The new world of AI/Robotics is arriving fast and furious and all areas will be impacted, affecting human jobs across all fields.

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Broken World: Healthy Dog Put Down so it Could be Buried with Owner

Despite the deluge of bad news that circulates in modern society on a daily basis, certain news items still shock enough to make you question the sanity of those making laws/policies.

I knew pets were considered in many states to be just property when it came to ownership claims, but I had NO idea that an individual had the right to terminate a pets life at will, regardless of their health status. 😲

This recently happened when a person died and left in their will that their HEALTHY pet be euthanized and buried with them.

The animal shelter where the pet was residing tried to get the executor of the estate to change the plan since they knew it would be easy to find a home for the dog, but the it was a no go and the dog was put to sleep. 😒

How on Earth can this be legal and allowed in 1st world developed countries? A person can be criminally charged with pet abuse but it’s okay to order the termination of a perfectly healthy animal?

I don’t understand this at all. How can an animals life be so disposable and left to the whim of their owner??? Shouldn’t euthanasia be done as only a last resort if no better options are available?

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Bitcoin Trading and “Seasteader” Couple face Death Penalty

Bitcoin, trading, seasteading, and the death penalty- four topics that came together in this situation.

Apparently, there’s a movement going on called “seasteading” – where a person constructs a home on a platform located far enough off shore to be declared living in international waters. The belief and goal is to live in an area that is free of jurisdiction of any government, or in other words, be free of all government laws, taxes, and regulations.

At first glance, these ideas always appear to be attractive and innovative to those wishing to escape government jurisdiction. But like in many real world applications, problems arise with scaling up. If one or a few people do it, it looks like a great concept and the people doing it look like geniuses beating the system. Now imagine a horde of people building seastead communities off shore. You could easily imagine the amount of congestion in the open waters affecting commercial shipping, and then there’s the matter of all that raw sewage and waste going straight into the ocean, posing a danger to sea life as well as to beach goers if the tide ever directs it to shore.

Then you have the issue of the governments themselves. It stands to reason they would not be too keen on large communities springing up off their coastline declaring sovereign status where they have no jurisdiction.

Such is the case that happened with the very first actual seastead home built. An American entrepreneur known for his bitcoin trading and his girlfriend built the first seastead home 12 miles off the coast of Thailand. They declared their complete “freedom and autonomy” on their social media accounts and all was well in their lives……

Until, the government of Thailand learned about it and declared them to be threatening the sovereignty of their government – a crime that includes severe punishment up to life imprisonment or the death penalty. 😱

Faced with those life and death high stakes, the first ever actual seasteading couple decided to hightail it out of there and no one has seen them since as they appear to be in hiding.

The government of Thailand has dismantled their seastead home and brought the materials back to shore.

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Wisconsin Man Wins $768 Million Powerball Lottery

The value of this lottery jackpot may be only about half the size of the winner of the Oct 23, 2018 $1.5 Billion Mega Millions winner, but it’s MUCH more interesting because this time the win is from a State that doesn’t allow winners to remain anonymous so much more details are available about the winner. πŸ‘

The winning number was drawn on Mar 27, 2019 and the winning ticket was bought on a whim because he was just feeling particularly lucky that day.

Prior to the lottery win, his financial goal was building up his savings to $1000. Goal achieved, and how! πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

As also to be expected, he quit his job shortly after learning that he won.

Here’s the broadcast interview of the day he went to the Lottery Commission to claim his prize:

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Winter’s Last Stand

Despite being well into Spring in in the US, Winter has decided to not go quietly into the night but instead show its last surge of strength into the warming seasons. Last week just as everyone was getting used to warmer temps all over, the jet stream took an unseasonal massive dip south and returned winter temps across America.

The boundary between the massive cold and warm fronts is a massive unstable air mass that results in turbulent/weather such as blizzards and tornadoes.

Science Breakthrough: First Captured Image of Interstellar Black Hole over 50 Million Light Years Away

INTO THE ABYSS  The first image of a black hole shows a bright ring with a dark, central spot. That ring is a bright disk of gas orbiting the supermassive behemoth in the galaxy M87, and the spot is the black hole’s shadow.

Renown brilliant physicist Albert Einstein has his theoretical existence of Black Holes in space confirmed by the actual discovery and image of one.

Up until this point, it’s been extremely challenging to get a glimpse of a Black Hole since the gravity is so strong that not even light can escape.

It’s a tribute to the rising capabilities and intellect of humans to achieve this!

Here’s a video to help you understand the image shown:

More info on this interstellar oddity :

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