Donald Trump and His Following Are Turning the U.S. into His Very Own “Peoples Temple”

By InsightAnalytical~GRL

It was November 1978 and I was in San Francisco on a business trip. I was doing a market research project involving prototype microwave ovens, but the ovens that had been shipped out from Princeton, NJ wound up going overseas for some reason. So, while waiting from them to come back to SF so we could start the interviewing, I had time to explore. I wen up to wine country, saw the Redwoods and caught up with a techie cousin of mine.

Then, I saw a newscast on a local station…Rep. Leo Ryan (D) had been murdered along with reporters, camera people and others.  (One survivor was current Congresswoman   Jackie Speier, then a staff member for Ryan.)  The footage was raw and unsettling.   What had happened?

Well, we learned that Rep. Ryan had gone down to Guyana to find out what was going on at a religious commune run by a fanatic named Jim Jones.  There had been reports of human rights abuses that led Rep. Ryan to make his fatal trip.

from Wikipedia:

Later that same day, 909 inhabitants of Jonestown,[93] 304 of them children, died of apparent cyanide poisoning, mostly in and around the settlement’s main pavilion.[94] This resulted in the greatest single loss of American civilian life (murder + suicide, though not on American soil) in a deliberate act until the September 11 attacks.[95] The FBI later recovered a 45-minute audio recording of the suicide in progress

Later-released Temple films show Jones opening a storage container full of Kool Aid in large quantities. However, empty packets of grape Flavor Aid found on the scene show that this is what was used to mix the solution, along with a sedative.

According to escaping Temple members, children were given the drink first by their own parents, families were told to lie down together…

Wikipedia has a good rundown of the life of James Warren Jones. I won’t go into the details here, but to suffice to say he was born in Indiana, where he founded his People’s Temple in the 1950’s, then became ordained in 1957 by the Pentecostal Independent Assemblies of God. In 1964 he was also ordained by the Disciples of Christ, wound up in California and started focusing on the large cities.  By the early 1970’s he and his Peoples Temple were fixture in San Francisco, where he became influential with political leaders, local and national (you will recognize ALL the names), as well as as having close ties to leading columnists at the San Francisco Chronicle. In other words, he knew how to play the game, much like today’s crop of evangelicals have come to have influence particularly with the Republican Party and certain media outlets.

Finally,  Marshall Kilduff, a journalist with the Chronicle wrote an expose which the Chronicle refused to print so he finally had to go to a publication called New West to get his story into print.

So, where are we today as the COVD-19 virus ravages the United States? To be sure, there are many religious groups and churches that understand and accept the science of COVD-19 However, there are an alarming number of evangelicals who have the ear of Donald Trump.

We see stories like this:

The rightwing Christian preachers in deep denial over Covid-19’s danger

Most white evangelicals satisfied with Trump’s initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak–Pew Research

Jerry Falwell Jr reopens Liberty University, 12 students quickly display COVID-19 symptoms

Trump’s Megachurch Allies Promise COVID-19 Snake Oil and ‘Miracles’

Amid COVID-19 Spread, Influential D.C. Pastor Says ‘God’s Wrath’ Caused By LGBTQ People NOTE:  This Pastor is Ralph Drollinger who leads a Bible study group for Trump’s cabinet members

Coronavirus: Trump and religious right rely on faith, not science

Just plug in a search for “Evangelicals and COVD-10” and you will see an endless list of stories on this subject ((add “Trump” and you’ll see a similar list, with many of the same links).

So, here we are.  We have lemming GOP politicians, already under the thumb of their evangelical base (and many of them “believers” as well), combined with a amoral Trump playing the “religion card” to the hilt.

One can argue that the Kool-Aid drinkers of Guyana have been magically re-seeded on the banks of the Potomac and in Trump’s White House and the government offices of the United States, as well as in states run by GOP governors.  We are now witnessing Trump’s own “Peoples Temple.”  The only problem is, these compounds are not self-contained…they are controlling  a nationwide army of “believers” who are blindly following Trump, and who, in turn,  are feeding Trump’s megalomania and narcissism. He is surrounded by his faithful staff, his family, and has purged those who try to speak against him (i.e Inspector Generals).  Dr. Fauci walks on eggshells, and even when Trump seems to be listening to Fauci, he still manages to undermine the message.

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So, are we now ALL at the mercy of the Kool-Aid cultists?   Now and into the future?

NOTE:  Kool-Aid was not used in the poisoning; a product called Flavor Aid was used. Both brands are known to have been at the compound.

The Merriman-Webster dictionary has this definition of the phrase “drink the Kool-Aid”:

drink the Kool-Aid

[after a 1978 mass suicide in Guyana brought about when members of the Peoples Temple cult were ordered to consume a flavored drink mixed with cyanide] : to comply unquestioningly with the demands or policies of a particular leader, ideology, or organization

 

 

 

 

 

The NFL Sinks to a NEW LOW….Honor Michael Vick, the CONVICTED Dog Fighter?

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

From CNN:

Michael Vick will serve as Pro Bowl captain despite a popular petition calling for his removal

(CNN)Despite a petition calling for his removal, Michael Vick will serve as the NFL’s honorary Pro Bowl captain this year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.

More than 560,000 people signed a Change.org petition to bar Vick from serving as a captain, a role that would see him mentor players and coach from the sidelines.
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Please sign this petition from Change.org. The NFL, which is so corrupt in so many ways and which so many Americans are brainwashed to support, is now planning this….

Another example of the “role models” the NFL seems to like…versus how they treat Colin Kaepernick who is protested the killing of Black Americans.

From the Pro-Bowl FB page…outraged comments and pictures of the carnage this “man” inflicted on innocent animals….

……https://www.facebook.com/pg/ProBowl2020/posts/

Do not allow Michael Vick to be honored in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl

The Lost Dogs

SIGN THE PETITION!

WINX…THE MIGHTY MARE RETIRES WITH 33 CONSECUTIVE WINS

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Winx after Cox Plate 2018 after swim

Winx at the ocean Put on a show girl on more day

WINX by NM-GRL

She walked on the sand and gazed out at the sea
She faced infinity before her, felt the waves at her feet
She arrived at the course time after time
With the sea in her heart, she skimmed the ground
The waves of sound from the stands filled her soul
A sea of emotions carried her on
…She gazed at infinity, she brought us along….

Thank you, Winx

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In 1973, the times were dark.  Then came along a horse named Secretariat, who lifted the nation’s spirits.

George Plimpton commented at the time:  “He was the only honest thing in the country at the time, this huge magnificent animal that wasn’t tied up in scandal and money.”

As others said:  “Secretariat restored our faith in humanity.”

We have just witnessed the last race of Winx, the Australian super mare.  The statistics are easy to find, but she also has given us light during difficult times.

It is fitting that the 2018 Vox Populi Award, which was created by Secretariat’s owner, the late Penny Chenery,  was awarded to Winx.  This award “annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the general public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. Winx was the top choice among U.S. voters as well as international fans representing a record 60 countries.”

She never raced here, but she touched the hearts of legions of fans who stayed up late many Friday nights to see her race on all those Saturday afternoons in Australia.

She retired sound, strong, and at her peak …You could say that she also had  “TWICE THE HEART….”

Born September 14, 2011; Retired at 7 + sound;  NO MEDICATIONS

Final Race: April 13, 2019 at Royal Randwick, Sydney, Australia

See:

Winx wins like a queen to complete career that was so much more than numbers

Youtube:  Winx Farewell Race – 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Weekend King Racing…     Full Race Coverage/Telecast from Channel 7 pre-and post-race

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Visit www.secretariat.com

https://twitter.com/winx_horse

http://winxhorse.com.au/

https://twitter.com/DKepitis

https://www.facebook.com/pg/winxchriswallerracing/posts/

HAPPY FESTIVUS, if that’s possible…

by InsightAnalytical-GRL

On this, the Eve of Festivus 2016, I wish all a satisfying Airing of Grievances in this Era of the Trump.

I will be celebrating tonight around my Festivus Pole in anticipation of a perfect Festivus tomorrow, which will include every carbo-laden comfort food I can  muster, most likely in the form of pasta (doing double duty in honor of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster).  The Feats of Strength will be spread out over the coming months as the Trump Administration unfolds…

Best Wishes to all in this “festive” season….

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I’m Aboard the New Horizons Mission’s Final Approach to PLUTO Happening NOW!!!!!

~By InsightAnalytical

UPDATE: To keep up to date with New Horizons Mission’s approach, these are the sites with all the info!  Both sites have countdown clocks to the time of the closest approach which will be at 7:49:59 a.m. EDT (11:49:59 UTC) on July 14, 2015.  The Johns Hopkins countdown also includes the elapsed time of the mission as well as a countdown to when the start of the close encounter operations begin,  12 April 2015, 00:00:00 UTC.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/New Horizons website  — scroll down to sign up for their email newsletter for the latest updates, including tracking the craft’s location in the solar system.

NASA New Horizons Mission website  — latest news, Tweets, pictures and other information!

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I’ve always been fascinated by space.  I cherish books which I’ve had since childhood.  Published around 1957, these well-worn treasures are always in view in my office bookcase. So, winding up living in Southern New Mexico near the White Sands Missile Range has been a happy coincidence since it’s a hotbed of all things astronomy and space!   Post-World War II, Werner Von Braun was brought here to test rockets for the U.S. Army and captured V-2 rockets carried hundreds of  payloads.

 

Childood Space Books

Childhood Space Books

What Space Exploration Would be like in the 1970's--Werner Von Braun from Chapter in "Outer Space"

Werner Von Braun’s vision of space exploration in the 1970’s–from chapter in “Outer Space”

NASA’s  White Sands Space Harbor (WSSH), was the primary training area for space shuttle pilots flying practice approaches and landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and served as a backup landing site (Shuttle Columbia landed here on March 30, 1982). And I was able to witness the final flyover of the space shuttle Endeavour on its way it’s final home in California on September 20, 2012.  NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which has supported many missions, is a few miles from my home.   I watched as Endeavour circled over White Sands and the NASA facilities on Route 70 in a final goodbye, swung back over the assisted-living facility where my mother was at the time and then flew right over me as I stood on the dam and then turned toward the west.   I had tears in my eyes as I simply loved the space shuttle era! And this haunting video of the flyover brings tears to my eyes now!   I met Alan Hale, of Hale-Bopp Comet fame at the local co-op one day and had lunch with him on his next visit to Las Cruces from his home in Cloudcroft.  Who could have imagined that when I viewed the comet back in 1997 in New Jersey I would someday chatting with one of the discoverers! I also built a 4.5″ Dobsonian reflector telescope telescope one summer at a class sponsored by the Astronomical Society…and later had my scope signed by John Dobson himself when he visited the club!  And, the Spaceport which is waiting for Richard Branson’s commercial edge of space flights to become operable, is just a short distance away.

But even more important now is the fact that Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto,  lived and passed away here…and some of his ashes are aboard the New Horizons spacecraft! See Clyde Tombaugh: Astronomer Who Discovered Pluto, from Space.com.

Tombaugh was a founder of the local Unitarian Church and he is memorialized in a stunning stained glass window in the Tombaugh Gallery,  which houses a variety art exhibitions.

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It was quite by accident (or was it synchronicity?) that I’ve reconnected with this Pluto mission. I’ve been clearing out a lot of old stuff lately…clothes, files, and all sorts of stray papers. Recently, I rediscovered a lost printout that I promptly restored to a prominent place in my office.

This single piece of paper reads:

NEW HORIZONS MISSION

Shedding Light on Frontier Worlds

Participation Certificate

Presented to

***********My Name************

On August 30, 2005

Thank you for joining the first mission to the last planet! A compact

disc bearing your name will be included on the New Horizons spacecraft,

set for the first voyage to a new class of planets on the solar system’s

farthest frontier.

Come with us as we complete the reconnaissance of the solar system and unlock

the secrets of Pluto, its moon, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt.

Certificate No. 277229

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  On December 6, 2014, NASA posted this update on the mission entitled “On Pluto’s Doorstep, NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter.”  (http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons/on-plutos-doorstep-new-horizons-spacecraft-awakens-for-encounter/#.VLWz3HuW6oN)

After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation today for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system.

Operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that New Horizons, operating on pre-programmed computer commands, had switched from hibernation to “active” mode. Moving at light speed, the radio signal from New Horizons – currently more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, and just over 162 million miles from Pluto – needed four hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia.

“This is a watershed event that signals the end of New Horizons crossing of a vast ocean of space to the very frontier of our solar system, and the beginning of the mission’s primary objective: the exploration of Pluto and its many moons in 2015,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.

With a seven-instrument science payload that includes advanced imaging infrared and ultraviolet spectrometers, a compact multicolored camera, a high-resolution telescopic camera, two powerful particle spectrometers and a space-dust detector, New Horizons will begin observing the Pluto system on Jan. 15.

New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto will occur on July 14, but plenty of highlights are expected before then, including, by mid-May, views of the Pluto system better than what the mighty Hubble Space Telescope can provide of the dwarf planet and its moons.

“New Horizons is on a journey to a new class of planets we’ve never seen, in a place we’ve never been before,” says New Horizons Project Scientist Hal Weaver, of APL. “For decades we thought Pluto was this odd little body on the planetary outskirts; now we know it’s really a gateway to an entire region of new worlds in the Kuiper Belt, and New Horizons is going to provide the first close-up look at them.”

January 15th!  With very little fanfare, New Horizons is going places where no spacecraft has gone before! It is happening right now!

In a January 5th article in Time Magazine entitled “ Hello Pluto! NASA’s Visit to the Mystery World Begins,” Alan Stern who has led the project writes:

It’s not exactly top secret, but it is too little known: this month, a small, robot spacecraft—built, launched and guided by a team of over 2,500 Americans—will begin the exploration of far-away Pluto and its five known moons. Lasting from January through July, this epic journey is very much the Everest of planetary exploration.

New Horizons already set records when it was launched in 2006 by becoming the fastest spacecraft to leave the Earth—reaching the orbit of the moon in just nine hours, about 10 times more quickly than the Apollo spacecraft did. Now, after traveling for nine straight years at an average speed of 39,000 m.p.h. (59,000 km/h)—equivalent to L.A. to New York in four minutes—it is at last approaching its historic rendezvous. No spacecraft has ever ventured farther—3 billion miles (4.8 billion km)—to reach its primary target.

At its closest approach, New Horizons will pass Pluto at a distance of just 6,000 miles (9,700 km). It will send back images at resolutions so high that if it were flying over New York City at the same altitude, it could count wharves on the Hudson River and ponds in Central Park. It will also take measurements of Pluto’s composition and atmosphere, study its moons, and more.

In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences ranked visiting the Pluto system at the very top of NASA’s exploration priorities. Why? Because in the 1990s, planetary astronomers discovered a vast structure in our solar system, a previously unknown disk of comets and small planets out beyond Neptune, called the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was the first of many small planets discovered out there, and it is still both the brightest and the largest one known.

The Kuiper Belt is the largest mapped structure in our planetary system, three times as big as all the territory from the sun out to Neptune’s orbit. The comets and small planets that make it up are valuable because they represent the astronomical equivalent of an archeological dig, reaching back to the era of planet formation, 4.6 billion years ago.

Nothing like the exploration that New Horizons is about to undertake has happened in a generation, and nothing like it is planned or even contemplated to happen again. It is likely the last time in our lifetimes that a new planet will be explored. This is more than scientifically important—though it certainly is that. It’s also a reminder of what American technology, culture and daring, on its game, can do.

So… my name and certificate number on a disc that is on a small craft…and the most amazing space mission to date!

To the edge of our solar system…and beyond!