George Rucker's Newsletter for December 6,2016

Here we are in December, welcome to the Tuesday Letter.

This week is the week that I change my sheets to flannel as they quickly absorb and transfer body heat and seem warm to the touch.  I hate crawling into a cold bed that does not warm quickly.

The daisy is still alive on the deck although I doubt if any bugs are around to pollinate it.  I seriously doubt it will make the next letter.

Another thing is on the website www.capecod-beaches.com my friend Walter has been kind.  Probably due to the election being over as he is as far left as I am right.  His additions are actually becoming helpful for some of the topics I write about and add to the quality of the letter.  During the election I wanted to drop him from my mailing list.

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<p>Actually, George, I used to be a Republican and voted for Nixon, Reagan, etc.

  And the First George Bush.  I voted for the 2nd Bush, but he turned me off with the totally stupid war based on lies and cost us 6 Trillion U.S. dollars.  We should have avoided the war like his father did and used that money to repair our infrastructure. etc. So I am not as far left as you think.

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Many of you know my mind wanders about many topics.  My latest thought is on our last full moon.  When a physicist uses math to determine something is true and I find that his/her data seems logical, I accept it pretty much as fact.  I have been told that the moon is moving away from the earth most of my life.  It moves away from the earth at the rate of 1.48 inches per year which is about how fast our finger nails grow.  I accepted this as fact and on paper I figured out how much it moves for every generation (25 years).  Then how much it moved away during recorded history which I put at about 5000 BC or now about 7000 years.

Well a fly is in the ointment and it troubles me.  If in fact the moon was the closest to the earth due to it’s elliptical orbit since 1949,  which by coincidence happens to be the year of my first car, a Mercury; I was 8 during that year and this closeness could not have happened if the moon was moving away.  I guess it could just be the math was calculated when the moon was moving toward an apex or greatest distance of the orbit which seems to happen about every 65 years.  That would happen from the close point for 32.5 years.  I think checking you math for 32.5 years and finding it always moving away would tend to verify you calculations.

It is a good thing they did not do the math during when it was moving from the apex to the closest point on the oval.  All hell would break lose as they would think the sky is falling and tell us the moon is closing in on the earth at the rate of 1.48 inches per year.  Prepare yourself for the total destruction of the planet.

Anyway we are not endanger of losing the moon for quite a while.  If this worries you it will be millions of years for that to happen.  There must be some sort of a wobble to the oval orbit as there is one orbit for the moon roughly every 28 days.  Thinking about this the actual orbit is not truly an oval as the sun, earth and the moon are moving in space.  It actually is like a slinky or spring.  I guess the full moon could actually occurs on different points of the oval also.  Anyway it is not a big deal.

My next thought is I now that the earth also has an elliptical orbit around the sun.  The same might be true of the earth being closer and farther except with the distance we travel on our planet for the highs and the lows it would be much greater than mere 65 years than it takes the moon.  It seems to me it might be tens of thousands or at least hundreds of years between the closest points and maximum points.  In school I learned the earth had two ice ages the last ending about 110,000 to 12,000 years ago and the last one we are still coming out of.  With the recording of temperature today being at an all high and the ability to check temperature of oceans etc our data during this age is extremely good.  However the evidence becomes sparser the further back we look, and its interpretation often involves a set of assumptions. In other words, a fair amount of guesswork.  One orbit for the earth is one year, but that does not bring into the math the “wobble” of the oval orbit.

During my lifetime we have been having a multitude of what I call temperature guesses. First it was the Ozone problem over both poles. Ozone is a very unstable molecule as it is unbalanced with two extra electron spaces or holes. Which when broken off become just plain oxygen. (Ozone is 03 and Oxygen is O2) If two Ozone molecules come together they are more apt to become three Oxygen atoms than stay two Ozone molecules as the Oxygen is just much more stable. This a was weather problem in the 1970s and proven to be a normal, just a year to year occurrence or shrinking and growing. My theory on this topic is Ozone is created during energy transfer, like electric motors. It also has a acrid smell. Probably the greatest source of ozone on the planet would be lightning which does not occur often during winter months. Therefore the growing and shrinking problem is just ozone falling apart into oxygen during the winter months and the growing as just more lightning creating more ozone in the summer months. Next the weather problem was global cooling, this was actually started by data used by scientists starting in 1945. The data of the day has the temperature rising from about 1878 rising regularly until 1937 and then take a nosedive starting that year all the way to the 1960s. My personal thoughts again are that temperature recording would be sparse with a lot of guess work, plus how old were thermometers and who and why was anyone writing down temperatures. This cold weather theory was taught in schools and colleges in the 1970s. I might have thought the same as with temperature seemed to be falling for roughly 30 years. It is hard to argue with the data. Then in the 70s along with the ozone problem we started to see a temperature rise. A quick check on google shows me that this has happened before. Actually the earth has experienced several additional descending peaks, including the Minoan Warm Period between 3500 – 3000 years ago, the Roman Warm Period between 2250 – 1500 years ago and the Medieval Warm Period between 1250 – 750 years ago. Once again the data being sparse from those periods and requires guess work. But to me I see a cycle of about 1800 to 2000 years between peaks. The current theory is one of climate change. What the heck is that some sort of joke? That is just normal weather as it always changes. I think man is naive to think we are changing or controlling the weather. In my mind it is the sun and nothing else. I do think we can control and pollute a section of our environment of the planet, with heavy metals, radiation and such, but as far as the weather goes, not a chance. I think we will see solar warming until 2500 or 2600 before it starts the descending cycle. It will continue to be warming for about the next 500 to 900 years. ////////////////////////////////////

A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

Deck the halls with boughs of non-endangered plant species
Fa la la la la, la la la la

' Tis the season to be self-actualizing,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our alternate-lifestyle apparel
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Toll the ancient non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing log of non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday-non-endangered wood before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Play the harp without unnecessary brutality and join the chorus
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Sing we emotionally stable in a collective group effort,
Fa la la la la la la la la

Heedless of the weather patterns despite the effects of global warming,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Fast away the mature year passes
Fa la la la la la la la la

Hail the new year without any implicit ageism, ye persons
Fa la la la la la la la la

Dance in a non-hierarchical manner in merry measure,
Fa la la la la la la la la

While I tell of non-materialistic, non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

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A tiny but dignified old lady was among a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. Suddenly one contemporary painting caught her eye. "What on earth," she inquired of the artist standing nearby, "is that?"

He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."

"Well, then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn't it?"

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My kitchen is still a mess but here is another recipe I intend to try.

When we go out one of the meals Patty likes is “Prime Rib.”  During my life I have only gone to one house where the family made prime rib.  I myself have never made the dish for the following reason.  It was a costly cut of meat and I did not want to screw it up or waste it.

On Facebook the other day somebody posted the fool proof way to cook a prime rib.

Perfect Prime Rib Everytime

Ingredients

1prime rib roast with or without bone (any size)
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 550F degrees.

Make a rub of salt, pepper and garlic powder and apply to meat. Place meat in a shallow roasting pan fat side up.

Roast at 550 at 5 minutes per pound for RARE, or 6 minutes per pound for MEDIUM and 7 minutes per pound for WELL DONE.

Turn off oven at the end of cooking time and DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR FOR TWO HOURS.

At the end of the 2 hours, remove meat from oven to slice; it comes out perfect everytime.

Works the same with Roast beef. Try it you won’t be disappointed.

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On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see  two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a  group of men come up with a Seal. It took them  four years to accomplish this task and another  two years to get it approved.
If you look at the left-hand circle,  you will see a Pyramid .

Notice  the face is lighted, and the western side is  dark. This country was just beginning. We had  not begun to explore the west or decided what we  could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid  is uncapped, again signifying that we were not  even close to being finished. Inside the  Capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient  symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's belief  that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group  of men, with the help of God, could do  anything.

'IN  GOD WE TRUST' is on this  currency.

The  Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means,  'God has favored our undertaking.'

The  Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM,  means, 'a new order has begun.'

At  the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for  1776. (MDCCLXXVI)

If  you look at the right-hand circle, and check it  carefully, you will learn that it is on every  National Cemetery in the United States .

It  is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the  Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery , and is the  centerpiece of most heroes' monuments.  Slightly  modified, it is the seal of the President of the  United States , and it is always visible  whenever he speaks, yet very few people know  what the symbols mean.

The Bald  Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for  two reasons:
First, he  is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he  is smart enough to soar above it.
Secondly,  he wears no material crown. We had just broken  from the King of England .
Also,  notice the shield is unsupported. This country  can now stand on its own.
At the top  of that shield there is a white bar signifying  congress, a unifying factor. We were coming  together as one nation.

In the  Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM'  meaning, 'from many -  one.'
Above the  Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, representing  the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds  of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were  coming together as one.

Notice  what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an  olive branch and arrows. This country wants  peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to  preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face  the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze  turns toward the arrows.

An (untrue)  old-fashioned belief says that the  number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a  worldwide belief. You will almost never see a  room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a  13th floor. But think about  this:

America,  which relies on God (not a number) to direct and  lead, boldly  chose:

13 original  colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of  Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13  steps on the  pyramid,
13 letters  in 'Annuit  Coeptis',
13 letters  in ' E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the  eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves  on the olive  branch,
13 fruits,  and if you look  closely,
13  arrows.

And  finally, notice the arrangement of the  13  stars in the  right-hand circle.

You will  see that they are arranged as a Star of  David.

This  was ordered by   George Washington who, when he asked Haym  Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he  would like as a personal reward for his services  to the Continental Army.   Solomon said he wanted nothing for  himself, but he would like something for his people.  The  Star of David was the result. Few people know it was Solomon who saved the Army  through his financial  contributions  ... then   died a pauper. Haym Solomon gave $25 million  to  save the Continental Army, money that was  sorely  needed to help realize   America’s – our - freedom and independence from England .

Therein  lies America ’s Judeo-Christian  beginning.

Most  American children do NOT know any of  this.

They are not  taught because their history teachers do NOT know this. They also were  not taught!

On  America’s Freedom:

Too many  veterans gave up too much to let the meaning  fade.  Many  veterans came home to an America that did not  care.  Too many  veterans never came home at  all.
They served, they died for you … for me.


I  hope you will   share this page with many-so they can learn about the UNITED  STATES DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for.

America is  at a critical juncture.  Let's do whatever we can to save her while never,  ever forgetting:

I am not sure where this information above came from but being a veteran I never heard it before.  I am however a MMORPG player.  I have had many avatars at max level, “World of Warcraft, more then one at level 100.  Currently playing “Final Fantasy IXV” and closing in on the max of level 60.  MMORPG means Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game and for some reason this email is being bantered about.  Not so much in the game itself but places you visit when you are having trouble with a quest.  I actually got my copy in an e-mail.  By massively it is in the millions and money earned is in the billions.

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Two lawyers were out hunting when they came upon a pair of tracks. They stopped and examined the tracks closely.
The first lawyer announced, "Those are deer tracks. It's deer season, so we should follow the tracks and find our prey."
The second lawyer responded,"Those are clearly elk tracks, and elk are out of season. If we follow your advice, we'll waste the day."
Each attorney believed himself to be the superior woodsman, and they both bitterly stuck to their guns.
They were still arguing when the train hit them.

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The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don't speak the same language.

For instance, take the simple phrase "secure the building". The Army will post guards around the place.

The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.

The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters

The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.

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An Army Ranger was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana and he wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking. After becoming very frustrated with the "no haggle" attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the Ranger shouted, "maybe I'll just go out and get my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes made at a reasonable price!"

The vendor said, "By all means, be my guest. Maybe you will run into a couple of Marines who were in here earlier saying the same thing."

So the Ranger headed into the bayou that same day and a few hours later came upon two men standing waist deep in the water. He thought, "those must be the two Marines the guy in town was talking about."

Just then, the Ranger saw a tremendously long gator swimming rapidly underwater towards one of the Marines. Just as the gator was about to attack, the Marine grabbed its neck with both hands and strangled it to death with very little effort. Then both Marines dragged it on shore and flipped it on its back. Laying nearby were several more of the creatures.

One of the Marines then exclaimed, "Damn, this one doesn't have any shoes either!"

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This past Thursday Patty and I went to play at the Old Rochester Regional High School.  Our Grandson, Paul, was playing the part of Jacob Marley in the play “A Christmas Carol.”

The play was terrific, everything was done to perfection, the sets, costumes, etc.  If I had any problem it would be the sound system.  I have seen a play in the past at ORR and the sound system was poor back then.  Then the play was “Oklahoma.”

Paul is a Freshman in Highschool and has participated in plays while in Junior High.  Previous productions include Annie and the Princess and the Pea.

The community of Rochester should be proud of the High School Drama Club and the club of the Junior High.

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Christmas is the time of the year that many are involved in “Cookie Swaps.”  I have been the stand in for Patty during these swaps but the reward is greater than the work.  You submit 12 dozen cookies all the same and end up with 12 dozen different cookies.

I have never made Ginger Snap cookies as I felt one of my past bosses made them pretty much better than anyone.  During my working life I would look forward to her cookies.  She still gets my weekly letter and I am hoping after reading this recipe she will send me hers.

After baking, these spicy cookies have a crackly and sugary top. Serve them with ice cream, fresh fruit, sorbet or coffee.

Gingersnaps

Ingredients

1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar


Directions

    1.   Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets with shortening or cooking spray, or line with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
    2.   In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar.
    3.   Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Dip tops into granulated sugar. On cookie sheets, place balls, sugared sides up, about 3 inches apart.
    4.   Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.

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The letter has come to an end.  See some of you during exercise class.

Remember to smile.