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January thru March, 2018

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Jan. 20, 2018

Today is the first anniversary of the Inauguration of Donald Trump as President, and Michael Pence as Vice President, of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.  It also is the first day of United States federal government shutdown of 2018, which began at midnight.

DC lawmakers dig their heels in, point
fingers as government shutdown rolls on

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell and Eric Barger begin a two-part series with Pastor Billy Crone on artificial intelligence (AI).  Developers say “robot messiahs” will solve all the world’s problems.

Churches may be founded to worship AI.  Promoters simply want this to replace God.  If AI is going to rule the world, how does this fit into the end-times?  The audio program, lasting less than an hour, can be heard here:

Will Artificial Intelligence Rule the World? (Part 1): Audio

Jan. 19, 2018

2017-18 Influenza Season in the U.S.The U.S. is in the midst of the worst and most extensive influenza epidemics in years.  Many are saying that it is the worst in over a decade.  It is widespread throughout most states, excluding Hawaii.

The most prevalent virus in this year’s strains of flu viruses is H3N2.  In years when this strain is present, there are more flu cases than usual, the illnesses are more severe, and there are more hospitilizations and deaths.

All of these things have been true this flu season, which began in October, 2017, and is expected to continue for several more weeks.  The highest risk groups to get the flu are children younger than 5 and adults older than 65.

The flu epidemic has hit a milestone
that hasn’t happened in over a decade

Common Flu Symptoms          Common Flu Symptoms

Jan. 18, 2018

After weeks of President Trump saying that he was going to release his Fake News Awards for 2017, he finally has done that.

The Highly-Anticipated
2017 Fake News Awards

Jan. 17, 2018

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 25,900, above 26,000 and above 26,100 for the first time.  The Dow was up 1.25% to 26,115.65, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.94% to 2,802.56, also a record high and its first close above 2,800.  The Dow close was even higher than the record intraday high of 26,086.12 yesterday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 26,115.65.   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,802.56.

Jan. 16, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) quickly soared above 26,000 for awhile today.  It reached 26,086.12, a record intraday high.  However, it eventually closed at 25,792.86, which was down 10.33 points or 0.04% from the previous high on Jan. 12.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) soared up to 24,876.07 today, a record intraday high. However, it closed 25,792.86, which was below the previous high.

I would liken the stock market, for over a year, as being like a rocket shooting up, up, up into space at a high rate of speed.  While many see no end to this upward swing, I’m not really in that boat myself.  I am wondering when the rocket is going to level off and return back down to the surface of the earth...or below that.

Jan. 15, 2018

Flag of New CaliforniaThere have been movements by portions of California, for some time, to break away and form a new state.  Here is the website of the newest movement to do this today, showing an unofficial declaration of independence as the state of New California:

About New California

Here are a few interesting pages:

State of New California
Declaration of Independence
  |  Affirmation of Allegiance to the United States of America and
Justification for the Formation of the State of New California

New California Flag  |  Map of New California (in blue)

California is a very beautiful state.  It also contains my favorite city in the entire world, San Diego, the 8th largest city in the U.S.  However, over the decades, there have been an increasing number of things about California that I have come to dislike, particularly the dominant political status of increasing liberalism and progressivism (which I see as “regressivism”).

Also, I am not at all happy that California has become a sanctuary state and has legalized marijuana for recreational use.  See my Jan. 2 entry.

I have my doubts that New California actually will be able to break away and become the 51st state.  However, if that actually were to happen, it looks like San Diego would be part of New California.  I think it would be smart to make it be the capital.

Jan. 13, 2018

Emergency Alert: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.In Hawaii this morning, at 8:07 a.m., the Emergency Management Agency sent out an alert to mobile phones and to televisions.  It said that a ballistic missile was headed for the state and warned people to seek immediate shelter.  More than a million people saw or heard the warning.

Understandably, there was a great deal of panic; nobody knew what to do or where to go, as there are no nuclear shelters in Hawaii.  It took awhile for Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to send out messages, on Twitter, that there was no threat and that the warning was a false alarm.

Governor David Ige said that the ballistic missile warning was an accident.  “It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button.”

Senator Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also issued a tweet saying that “there is no incoming missile to Hawaii” and that she had confirmed with officials that the alert was a “false alarm.”  She added, “This is a real threat facing Hawaii,” speaking about how the residents on the island were forced into a situation where they had to rush for cover.

Hawaii lawmakers say false alarm of inbound
ballistic missile was 'totally unacceptable'

Jan. 12, 2018

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 25,600, above 25,700 and above 25,800 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.89% to 25,803.19, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.67% to 2,786.24, also a record high.  It looks like it won’t be long before the Dow surpasses 26,000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 25,803.19.   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,786.24.

Jan. 11, 2018

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 25,400 and above 25,500 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.81% to 25,574.73, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.70% to 2,767.56, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 25,574.73.   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,767.56.

Jan. 10, 2018

Overturned power pole Boulders on the road
As of Dec. 23, the Thomas Fire—the largest wildfire in CA state history—was among many fires that had burned hundreds of thousands of acres.  This included consuming the normal vegetation and foliage on numerous hillsides.

Yesterday, colossal amounts of rain fell in So. California.  This is the rainy season, so normally that would be a good thing, especially after several months of exceptional drought last year.

However, since the devastating fires left hillsides bare, the enormous amounts of water caused enormous mudslides in many areas.  Powerlines came down and boulders covered roads  Houses were cut in half, trees were uprooted and cars were tossed around like toys.

Unfortunately, 80-90% of residents ignored evacuation orders.  So far, there are at least 15 deaths, with that number expected to rise.

At least 15 dead in California mudslides
as rescuers search for missing

Even Oprah Winfrey’s property, in upscale Montecito, was damaged by the massive mudslides and flooding.  At the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7, she received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award.  A couple of days later, she was showing everyone the big mess at her 42-acre Santa Barbara estate.

Today is the twenty-seventh anniversary of my last day of work, in 1991.  I had worked as an optometrist at FHP in Fountan Valley, CA, for 11¼ years.  Then I left the eye-care profession to pursue other interests, although I have included a large section about the human eye at my website.

Technically, Jan. 11 was supposed to be my official last day.  However, I called in sick that morning and went to Long Beach for the day.  I just couldn’t wait one more day to gain my freedom, and I have enjoyed having it every single day since then, thanks to God’s provisions for all of my needs. 

Jan. 9, 2018

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 25,300 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.41% to 25,385.80, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.13% to 2,751.29, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 25,385.80.   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,751.29.

Jan. 8, 2018

An F-16I from the Israeli Air Force at Ramon AirbaseIsraeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria very early on Tuesday morning, Israel time.  In a statement carried by Syrian state television, it was reported that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutayfa area, near Damascus, from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT).  Then Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes.

Next, Israeli rockets were fired from the Golan Heights.  However, it was reported that Syrian defenses brought them down.  Finally, four more rockets were fired from inside Israel.  One was intercepted by Syrian air defenses, while the others caused material damage.

Responding to a reporter’s question about the strikes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s policy was to stop Hezbollah from moving “game-changing weapons” out of Syria.  Without explicitly confirming that Israel had carried out the strikes, Netanyahu added, “We back it up as necessary with action.”

Israel has pledged to prevent Syrian territory from being used by Iran to set up bases or to transfer high-quality weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon.  This weaponry has been helping Damascus beat back a rebellion for six years.

Syria Confirms Israel Strikes Near Damascus
With Jets, 'Ground-to-ground Missiles Intercepted'

Jan. 7, 2018

Golden Globe AwardThe 75th Golden Globe Awards took place tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  Many of the nominees will be nominated again for Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre on Mar. 4 in Hollywood, CA.

The Golden Globe Awards show was hosted by Seth Meyers.  Amazingly, for the most part, he refrained from making anti-Trump statements or jokes.

Many of the winners hurried up to the stage to receive their awards.  Then most of them speedily gave their thank you speeches.  They had been told to keep their words as brief as possible to keep the program from lasting much too long, as it usually does.  Even so, it still lasted over 3 hours.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little Lies” claimed the most awards.

Golden Globes: The Complete
List of Winners and Nominees

Jan. 5, 2018

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 25,100 and above 25,200 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.88% to 25,295.87, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.70% to 2,743.15, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 25,295.87.   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,743.15.

Jan. 4, 2017

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 25,000 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.61% to 25,075.13, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.40% to 2,723.99, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 25,075.13.   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,723.99.

Jan. 3, 2018

A strong, bone-chilling blizzard is on its way up the east coast today.  It is expected to move from Florida to New England, bringing high winds, lots of ice and snow, and freezing temperatures along the way.

This powerful storm is being called one of three names: bomb cyclone, bombogenesis or snow hurricane.  The storm’s central barometric pressure is expected to drop least 24 millibars in 24 hours.  The lower the pressure, the lower the storm will be.

A 'Bomb Cyclone' Forming off the East Coast
Could Bring the Coldest Temperatures in 100 Years

Jan. 2, 2018

As of Jan. 1, California has become a sanctuary state.  This means that the state will limit its cooperation with the federal government effort to enforce immigration law.  Essentially, California is breaking federal law by doing this.

With new year, California
becomes 'sanctuary state'

Also, as of Jan. 1, California has legalized the sale of recreational marijuana for people of age 21 or older.  It is the sixth state—besides Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, plus Washington, DC—to legalize the sale and recreational use of the drug.  All of these states continue to break federal law, which outlaws marijuana.

One thing I think about is the gigantic California freeway system, which is the busiest of any state.  There are frequent accidents and massive traffic jams in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Early morning and late afternoon traffic is the worst.

It is very important to stay alert and drive defensively.  With more drivers being high on pot, I expect the accident rate to escalate.  If I were a state police officer, I think I might quit the force.

Recreational marijuana is
officially legal in California

Jan. 1, 2018

Happy New Year.  Below are links to my annual calendar and list of 2018 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby.  That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper.  Both are in .doc and .pdf format.

This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written.  I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.

Click on each image below and print out the two pages (either as .docx or .doc files) on either side of one piece of paper.  Just change my name, at the top of the calendar page, to your name before you print it.




Or else you could print out these two pages (.pdf files), with no name on the calendar page.  If you would like a calendar with your name on it in a .pdf file, email me and I will try to send you one when I can find some free time.



If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2018.  Go to the following page, print out the pages in either .doc, .pdf, or .html format, and check off the passages as you read them:

Chronological List of Bible Passages

The Bible is God’s Law and Instruction Manual for life.  Don’t worry if you are unable to understand everything you read; eventually, God will give us answers to everything we wonder about.  One of the main things you will come to understand is God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—see God’s Covenant: with Israel or the Church?

So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it!  If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word!  I am in the process of doing it now, which I have done numerous times before.

You can read one of a number of Bible versions at BibleGateway.com.  If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year. 

Comparison between regular moon and supermoon size and brightnessIn other news, tonight there is a supermoon, which will be the largest and brightest full moon of 2018.  That is, it will be the closest that a full moon is to the earth during the entire year.

The moon will be its fullest at 9:24 p.m. EST = 6:24 p.m. PST.  This actually is at 2:24 a.m. UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).  So the moon will be totally full on Jan. 1 in the Western Hemisphere but on Jan. 2 in the Eastern Hemisphere.

It is very rare for there to be a full moon on New Year’s night.  It is extremely rare for that moon to be a supermoon and the biggest, brightest moon of the whole year.

There will be another full moon this month, on Jan. 31.  The second full moon in any month commonly is called a “blue moon,” although it isn’t actually blue.  It also will be a supermoon, but it will not be quite as large and close to the earth as the one tonight.

Super moon 2018: First of two full
January super moons is tonight

What’s even more amazing is that there will be an eclipse of the full, super, blue moon on Jan. 31.  The U.S. East Coast will catch a glimpse of the beginning of the eclipse, as the moon starts to pass through the Earth’s shadow early in the morning.

The Jan. 31 lunar eclipse will start at 5:51 a.m.  However, it will not be a total eclipse until the moon sets just after 7 a.m. EST.

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