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Aug. 8, 2020

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the hour with R.N. and health expert Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.  They discussed how “spikes” in COVID-19 cases may consist of many probable cases being counted as confirmed cases.

It appears that, due to the coronavirus, totalitatianism has been creeping into the free world, including America.  One example may be the process of contact tracing that is being enforced by the government.

The health department is in the process of finding people that have been around others (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  If someone has been determined to be in that group, that person may be called and told to stay home and away from others (self-quarantine) and monitor your health for 14 days.  Eventually, people may be forced by the government to take COVID vaccinations.

Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes with a commercial break, can be heard here:

The Invisible Enemy: Covid 19-84 — Audio
Aug. 7, 2020
Stock Market

Almost 5 months ago, the U.S. State Department advised citizens to avoid all international travel:

State Department tells Americans not
to travel abroad due to coronavirus

Now, because health and safety conditions have improved in many countries, that international “do not travel” advisory has been lifted for some places.  U.S. citizens are continuing to be advised not to travel to some countries, and caution still is advised when traveling anywhere abroad.

State Department lifts international 'do
not travel' advisory, but hurdles remain

For those wanting to plan any trip abroad, the U.S. Department of State—Bureau of Consular Affairs has provided a page with a list of “Reconsider Travel” and “Do Not Travel” advisories here: Travel Advisories.

Aug. 6, 2020
Stock Market

Today, and three days from now, mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, by the United States, on August 6 and 9, 1945.  The uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima was called “Little Boy,” while the plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki was called “Fat Man.”

Japan had not responded to an ultimatum, the Potsdam Declaration, on July 26, calling for the unconditional surrender of their armed forces.  On August 15, following the bombings, Japan surrendered to the Allies.  World War II officially ended on September 2, 1945, when the Japanese government signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender.

Over the decades, here has been a continual debate over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  No doubt, these debates will continue indefinitely.

The pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, exactly 75 years ago today, was Paul Tibbets from Iowa.  The plane he was flying was the Enola Gay, named after his mother.

Hiroshima 75th anniversary: Iowa pilot Paul
Tibbets flew Enola Gay that dropped A bomb

Aug. 5, 2020
Stock Market

Most people, particularly older adults, have at least some risk of getting COVID-19 if they are exposed directly to the virus.  Some who have contracted the virus will show no symptoms, while others will show symptoms and may even get very sick (or worse).  A great deal of information can be found on this recent CDC web page:

People with Certain Medical Conditions

People who are most likely to become severely ill are those with certain medical conditions.  These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, COPD and other conditions.  Also, obesity may increase the risk for dementia and severe illness.  It is a good idea to know what your Body Mass Index is.

It is easy to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).  All you need to know is your height (in feet and inches) and your weight (in pounds).  Adults can use the calculator below.

   BMI is below 18.5: underweight

BMI is 18.5 to 24.9: normal weight

BMI is 25.0 to 29.9: overweight

BMI is 30.0 or above: obese

In case the BMI calculator does not appear above, you can see it here:

Aug. 4, 2020
Stock Market

In Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, a massive explosion and subsequent shock wave occurred this afternoon.  This was preceded by a big fire.  Many people thought an earthquake had hit, while others thought that an atomic bomb had been detonated.  However, neither of those things happened.

One theory is that Hezbollah, a Shia Islamist political party, had hijacked a ship filled with explosive ammonium nitrate, which they had stored near a big warehouse containing fireworks that somehow caught fire.  At least 60 people were killed, and over 3,000 were injured.  Those numbers probably will increase.

Some have accused Israel of somehow causing the explosion, but there is no evidence of that and Israeli officials adamantly have denied it.  As of yet, the actual cause of the initial fire, followed by the gigantic explosion, are unknown.

Beirut blast: Massive explosion shakes Lebanon's
capital; at least 60 dead, thousands injured

Aug. 3, 2020
Stock Market

Recently, a few professional baseball and basketball players stood during the National Anthem, which was played prior to their games.  These include Sam Coonrod (San Francisco Giants), Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic) and Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat).  All of the other players knelt during the anthem.

Sam Coonrod standing  Jonathan Isaac standing  Meyers Leonard standing
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This reminds some of the ancient biblical account of the Image of Gold and the Fiery Furnace in Daniel 3:1-30.  We don’t know the names of any of the countless numbers people who willingly fell down and worshiped the image of gold, as ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar.  The only names that stand out are the three men—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who were thrown into the fiery furnace but who, miraculously, were saved out of it.

Coonrod and Isaac have said that their strong faith in God has caused them to choose to stand rather than to take a knee.  Leonard has indicated that his reason for standing is because his brother served as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan and has various Navy Seal friends, so he cannot bring himself to kneel in protest.

Sam Coonrod video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzkcWUQG-Lw
Jonathan Isaac video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50w6sDMJFnQ

Aug. 2, 2020

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Pensacola, Florida.  The astronauts on the spacecraft were Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, who were launched into space 64 days ago on May 30.

This was the first water landing by returning astronauts since the Apollo–Soyuz landing in July 1975.  Both astronauts were in good spirits as they began their readjustment to gravity after more than two months in weightlessness.

SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts splash down
in Gulf of Mexico after historic test flight

Aug. 1, 2020

As soon as Jesus died on the cross, the graves or tombs of deceased saints in that vacinity were opened, and they were raised from death (Matthew 27:52).  A few days later on the Feast of Firstfruits, after Jesus was raised from the dead, the risen saints came out of their graves or tombs, went into Jerusalem and appeared to many people (27:53).

Someone has asked me what these saints might have been doing after they were raised from death and until Jesus also was resurrected.  Also, I was asked what eventually happened to these risen saints.  My response is here:

July 31, 2020
Stock Market

Hurricane Isaias Hurricane Isaias
Hurricane Isaias already has already passed over Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.  Many trees and electric lines were downed, and multiple buildings were inundated.

There is some concern that, due to Florida’s immense COVID-19 problem, people might be prone to stay in place rather than get out of the hurricane’s path.  Depending on where the highest winds hit, this might not be advisable.

Governor Rom DeSantis has urged Floridians to stock up on enough water, food and medicine to last a week.  Today, Isaias is a Category 1 storm but is expected to strengthen this weekend, probably remaining a hurricane for the next few days.  Hopefully, the eye will remain off the east coast of Florida and other states as it travels north.

Hurricane Isaias Lashes Bahamas
On Path To Virus-hit Florida

July 30, 2020
Stock Market

United States Postal Service logoThe United States Postal Service (USPS) became a federal agency on July 1, 1971.  It is the third-largest civilian employer in the United States, behind the federal government and Walmart.

The USPS has been losing revenue for many years.  There are complaints, in many places, of lengthening postal delivery times.  There also are indications that downsizing the Postal Service, including closing post offices across the country, may occur soon.

Recently, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued a statement about the Postal Service.  He began by saying, “The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations.

He would like Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission to enact legislation and regulatory reforms to help address the situation.  He also said that it is imperative for the Postal Service to operate efficiently and effectively.  His full statement can be read here:

Postmaster General Statement on Operational
Excellence and Financial Stability

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In other news, today is the observance of Tisha B’Av, which is regarded as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  It began at sunset yesterday evening.

Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning to commemorate many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout the millennia of history.  Primarily, it commemorates the destruction of the first Temple by the Babylonians, in 586 B.C.E., and second Temple by the Romans, in 70 C.E.

Following both of these events, there was a Jewish exile from the region of Judea.  Also, on Tisha B’Av is remembered the expulsion of the Jewish people from England in 1290, from France in 1306 and from Spain in 1492.

This is a full day of fasting and mourning.  A 25-hour fast is common, as well as a reading of the book of Lamentations, which mourns the destruction of Jerusalem.

July 29, 2020
Stock Market

It was reported by Politico that presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had selected Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice-presidential running mate.  However, the report said that Biden had done this on Aug. 1, which of course is a few days in the future.  This is what was reported:

Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months.

Harris previously was one of Biden’s opponents during the presidential campaign, before withdrawing herself on Dec. 3, 2019.  In his alleged announcement, Biden called Harris “a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate.

After saying that the information was mistakenly published, Politico took down the article.  However, it has caused some to wonder if Biden already has chosen Harris, and Politico somehow was given this information and accidently reported it too early.

Politico accidentally reports Biden
picked Kamala Harris as his running mate

July 28, 2020
Stock Market

Senate Republicans have unveiled a new coronavirus response proposal.  It is called the Health Care Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools (or HEALS) Act.

On the Senate floor yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated that the HEALS Act contains policies that are tailored to the state of the U.S. economy, which has one foot in the pandemic and one foot in recovery.  He said that the legislation will target key areas, including jobs, health care and children.

The HEALS Act proposes another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for individuals plus aid for families caring for adult dependents.  It also allocates over $100 billion to help schools and childcare facilities reopen, as well as more financial support for hospitals, health centers and coronavirus research.

GOP HEALS Act: What’s inside
the next stimulus proposal

July 27, 2020
Stock Market

Vladimir Putin observing Russian navyThis weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended their annual naval parade in St. Petersburg.  He has indicated that the Russian Navy is closer to getting weapons that can travel at hypersonic speed (faster than the speed of sound).

Putin indicated that Russia’s navy is preparing to equip its ships with these weapons.  He said, “The widespread deployment of advanced digital technologies that have no equals in the world, including hypersonic strike systems and underwater drones, will give the fleet unique advantages and increased combat capabilities.

In a separate statement, the Kremlin’s defense ministry said that it currently was testing the Russian submarine Belgorod.  This is the country’s first submarine that can be equipped with the Poseidon nuclear drone.

All of this information comes the year after Putin said the Kremlin would deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines outside U.S. territorial waters if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.  However, the U.S. has not announced any intention of doing so.

Putin pledges new hypersonic
and underwater nuclear weapons

July 26, 2020

At Olive Tree Ministries yesterday, Jan Markell spent the second hour of a two-part series with Curtis Bowers (see the first part on July 18).  They talked about how the Marxist agenda has made its way into some church denominations across America.  Evangelical churches have been increasingly targeted by those who want to bring down the U.S.

Many Marxist and Communist followers gradually have been turning the Christian church (their #1 enemy, besides freedom) into one of their greatest assets.  An increasing number of churches are being turned into counterfeits of the faith.  A false god is worshipped, and a false gospel of salvation by “good works” is presented.  Furthermore, the notion of “saving the planet” is stressed above the importance of saving other people unto eternal life through faith in Jesus.

The message today, in many churches and synagogues in America and in the west, is that the Lord is a God of “social justice.”  However, the Bible says, “For the Lord is a God of justice” (Isaiah 30:18).  Justice does not mean social justice, because social justice is not just.  Justice means “getting what you deserve without favor”; social justice means “getting what you don’t deserve because you are favored.”

With justice, if anyone is accused of a crime—such as murder, burglary, arson, destruction of public or private property, etc.—that person is tried in a court of law and, if found guilty, is punished accordingly.  However, with social justice, secondary conditions about the person are considered, such as the person’s economic condition, the person’s upbringing and what kind of childhood he/she had, whether the person is poor or wealthy, the person’s race or ethnicity and if the person is a member of a group that has been historically oppressed.

If a random crime is committed, justice asks, “Who did it?”; whereas, social justice asks, “Why did the person do it?”  God’s absolute justice demands that everyone be treated equally under the law.  Humanity’s social justice demands that everyone be equal socially, economically and in every other possible way.  Increasingly, churches are leaning toward the latter view, but that is falling away from the absolute Law of God.  The perfect law gives freedom and brings blessings (James 1:25).

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Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes with a commercial break, can be heard here:

The Church: Hijacked and Infiltrated (Part 2) — Audio | Video
July 25, 2020

Hurricane Hanna Hurricane Hanna
Hurricane Hanna is the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.  It is a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of about 85 mph.

Hanna is in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading toward the Texas coast.  It may increase in strength and is expected to make landfall early this evening south of Corpus Christi.

So far, power outages have occurred to about 20,000 customers along the coast.  The National Hurricane Center has said that Hanna is expected to produce 6 to 12 inches of rain in south Texas through Sunday night, with isolated maximum totals of 18 inches.

Hurricane Hanna Heads Toward South Texas
As The Region Confronts A COVID-19 Spike

July 24, 2020
Stock Market

A couple of months ago, on May 27, the European Commission had an important meeting in Brussells, Belgium.  One topic discussed was the crisis across the European Union caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, a new recovery instrument was proposed.  It was referred to as the Next Generation EU (NGEU).

A 7-year timeline, spanning 2021-2027, was discussed for the implementation of the NGEU.  More meetings were planned during the remainder of 2020 to discuss and negotiate the possible execution of the NGEU, beginning in 2021.  Negotiations for 2021 and Onwards have continued for the past two months.

In a recent 5-day meeting, ending earlier this week on July 21, the European Council agreed on an overall budget of €1,824.3 billion for 2021-2027.  It will combine the multiannual financial framework (MFF) and a recovery effort under the Next Generation EU (NGEU) instrument.  Numerous details can be found here:

Special European Council,
17-21 July 2020
    Long-term EU
budget 2021-2027

Additional meetings will continue to take place this year to discuss more details.  It still is conceivable that all of this could be linked to the prophesied 7-year agreement of Daniel 9:27a.

July 23, 2020
Stock Market

Hurricane Douglas Hurricane Douglas
The first Pacific hurricane of 2020, Hurricane Douglas, appears to be headed toward Hawaii.  Today, it has intensified into a Category 3 (major) hurricane, with wind speeds of 120 mph.

The storm may reach Hawaii on Sunday.  However, its strength may decrease to Category 1 or less by then (hopefully).

Hurricane Douglas becomes major Category 3
storm, may bring strong winds and rain to Hawaii

July 22, 2020
Stock Market

In a floor speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that Republicans want to include a second round of stimulus checks and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.  He indicated that the economy needs “another shot of adrenaline” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

McConnell did not provide details on who would qualify for the next round of stimulus checks.  However, he suggested that Republicans could place a lower income ceiling to qualify for the direct assistance in the next coronavirus bill.  He felt that the new plan being pushed by Republicans would have Democratic support.

McConnell says next COVID-19 relief
bill will include stimulus checks

July 21, 2020
Stock Market

An executive order was signed today by President Trump to prevent illegal immigrants from being included in the 2020 census for congressional apportionment.  He said the order is needed for “respect for the law and protection of the integrity of the democratic process.”  This fulfills a pledge he made last year “to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.

Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, feels that the move is anti-immigrant.  He said it is “an unconstitutional order that has no purpose than to silence and disempower Latino voices and communities of color.

Trump signs order barring illegal
immigrants from census count

July 20, 2020
Stock Market

Today is National Moon Day.  It commemorates the day astronauts first walked on the moon 21 years ago, during the Apollo 11 mission, on July 20, 1969.

The American crew that flew to the moon were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who both walked on the moon, and Michael Collins, who orbited the moon in the command module.  All three men were born in 1930.  In the past 51 years, 12 people have walked on the moon.

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July 18, 2020

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell spent the first hour of a two-part series with Curtis Bowers.  They talked about how Marxists, progressives, socialists, communists and globalists seem to be winning the battle to take over America and other nations.

Many people, unaware of globalist strategies, actually are helping the globalist movement to progress without even knowing it.  Socialistic infiltration in the public school system is common.  The “cancel culture” is even in some churches, thanks to the death of discernment.

The safest location to be is “sheltering in place” under the Most High God.  He is the only One who can provide rest and true satisfaction, now and forevermore.

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Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes with a commercial break, can be heard here:

The One Hundred Year Agenda (Part 1) — Audio | Video
July 17, 2020
Stock Market

Every July 17 is World Emoji Day.  Today is the day! 

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It's World Emoji Day: Apple reveals
what upcoming characters will look like

July 16, 2020
Stock Market

First atomic bomb explosion Trinity Site, New Mexico
The first nuclear test in the world happened exactly 75 years ago today on July 16, 1945.  Code-named Trinity, the detonation took place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico (which became the 47th U.S. state in 1912 and is the 5th largest state in area).

The atomic bomb was developed and produced as part of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, located in northern New Mexico.  The bomb was nicknamed “The Gadget” and released the explosive energy of 18-22 kilotons of TNT.

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, took place a few weeks later on August 6 and 9, 1945.  Not long thereafter, World War II officially came to an end.

US tested the first atomic bomb
75 years ago in New Mexico

July 15, 2020
Stock Market

For several months, there has been work in several places on a COVID-19 vaccine.  There are nearly two dozen possible vaccines in various stages of testing around the world.

The company Moderna is expected to be the first in the U.S. to enter the final stage of clinical testing.  Initial testing results seem to indicate that the vaccine is effective in causing an immune response against the virus, and it also appears to be safe.  The next phase of clinical trials should begin before the end of July.

Covid-19 news: US vaccine
candidate set to enter final trials

Moderna’s stock has surged 12% after promising data was released about its coronavirus vaccine trial.

Moderna stock surges after company announces
promising coronavirus vaccine trial data

July 14, 2020
Stock Market

There has been a consensus by some seismologists that a major earthquake on California’s San Andreas fault has greatly increased.  This follows the large 6.4, 5.4 and 7.1 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquakes a little over a year ago, as well as the 5.5 aftershock on June 3 this year.  A new study by the Seismological Society of America seems to indicate that the chance of a huge quake may have approximately tripled.

Recent Earthquakes Tripled
The Chance Of Big Quake
On The San Andreas Fault
    Chance of big San Andreas
earthquake increased by Ridgecrest
temblors, study suggests

July 13, 2020
Stock Market

Naval Base in San Diego USS Bonhomme Richard on fire
Yesterday morning, a huge fire broke out on the navel ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), the second-largest ship in the navy.  This took place at the naval base in San Diego, CA (my favorite city in the world).

The fire followed a large explosion on the ship as it was undergoing routine maintenance.  There were about 160 sailors on board the ship at the time of the explosion.  Although there were no fatalities, at least 57 people have been treated for heat exhaustion, smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

While the fire burned all day, smoke could be seen for many miles around.  San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell said that the ship could burn for days, even “down to the water line.”  If this happens, potentially the ship could break apart and sink.

Official: Firefighting system
was inoperable on Navy ship

July 12, 2020

The results of the Louisiana presidential primary, held yesterday, are in:

Louisiana Primary
(R & D)
  1. Donald Trump: 95.9%
  2. Bill Weld*: 1.6%
  3. Joe Walsh*: 0.0%
  1. Joe Biden: 79.5%
  2. Bernie Sanders*: 7.4%
  3. Elizabeth Warren*: 2.4%
* dropped out of race

July 11, 2020

Tropical Storm Cristina Tropical Storm Cristina
Tropical Storm Cristina formed a few days ago in the eastern Pacific Ocean.  It was anticipated that it would become the first hurricane of 2020 Pacific hurricane season.

Today, its maximum sustained winds are 65 mph, but it needs to have at least 74 mph winds to become a hurricane.  It now looks like it will remain a tropical storm/cyclone for a few days and then decrease to tropical depression status.

Sometimes tropical storms in this area move north and then northeast into Mexico and the U.S.  However, Cristina is expected to move west out into the Pacific Ocean and eventually dissipate.

Cristina expected to weaken; may
not become season's first hurricane

July 10, 2020
Stock Market

This morning, it was reported that yesterday the U.S. had its highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases.  There were at least 63,200 cases.  The report also said that two days before, the U.S. had its second-highest one-day increase with at least 60,000 cases.

U.S. sees another record-breaking day
with more than 63,000 coronavirus cases

Evidently, this news resulted in a notable decrease in stock market indices.  But that was temporary, with everything up by the end of the day.

July 9, 2020
Stock Market

Recently, a report by Ralph Alexander, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, was released:

Weather Extremes: Are they
caused by global warming?

The report supports a conclusion by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that there is limited scientific evidence showing that increases in extreme weather are caused by human-caused climate change.  In the introduction of the report, the author states, “The purported link between extreme weather and global warming has captured the public imagination and attention of the mainstream media far more than any of the other claims made by the narrative of human-caused climate change.

IPCC and Skeptics Agree Climate
Change Is Not Causing Extreme Weather

July 8, 2020
Stock Market

The results of the Delaware and New Jersey presidential primaries, held yesterday, are in:

Delaware Primary
(R & D)
  1. Donald Trump: 88.0%
  2. Joe Walsh*: 0.0%
  3. Bill Weld*: 0.0%
  1. Joe Biden: 89.4%
  2. Bernie Sanders*: 7.5%
  3. Elizabeth Warren*: 3.1%
New Jersey Primary
  1. Joe Biden: 87.3%
  2. Bernie Sanders*: 12.1%
  3. Elizabeth Warren*: 0.0%
* dropped out of race

July 7, 2020
Stock Market

Russian President Vladimir PutinIn Russia recently, there was a popular vote on proposed amendments to their constitution.  There were over 200 proposed amendments.

Reports indicate that voter turnout reached 68%.  About 77.92% of voters endorsed the proposed amendments.

One amendment was a provision abolishing presidential term limits.  What that means is that Vladimir Putin now can remain president of Russia until 2036, when he will be 84 years old.

Vladimir Putin becomes
Russia's president for life

July 6, 2020
Stock Market

Ofek-16 satellite launched by IsraelIsrael has successfully launched a spy satellite into orbit.  It is named Ofek-16 and is a reconnaissance satellite.  The last satellite launched by Israel was Ofek-11 in 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that it “very much increases our ability to act against Israel’s enemies, near and far alike.  It greatly expands our ability to act on land, at sea, in the air and also in space.”

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the launch is a “mighty achievement for the defense establishment, the defense industries in general and Israel Aerospace Industries in particular.”

With Iran in its sights, Israel
launches new spy satellite into orbit

July 5, 2020

Many are traveling this weekend and during the summer.  At airports, due to the COVID pandemic, certain modifications and changes have been implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  This page includes some general information and also some sections to click on with more specific details:

Security Screening
July 4, 2020

America’s 244th Birthday

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Bill of Rights    Lord’s Prayer

It is rare for there to be a full moon on July 4.  However, in the U.S. tonight (July 4: 9:44pm PDT, 10:44pm MDT, 11:44pm CDT and July 5: 12:44am EDT), not only will the moon be full but there also will be a penumbral lunar eclipse.  The latter will not be easy to detect, as the full moon will be only a bit fainter than usual.

Also, July 4 is not on a Saturday too often, but it is this year.  It reminds me of a line from one of my favorite songs, by the group Chicago, from 1972:  “Saturday in the Park, I think it was the 4th of July.”  There won’t be many people congregating in parks this year, so I’ll include a video of it.  If it displays a “Video unavailable” message, click on this link instead:


July 3, 2020

Arizona/Sorona border closed for July 4th weekendThis weekend, the Mexican state of Sonora is toughening restrictions on its northern border with the U.S. state of Arizona.  This is due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases in both locations.

Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich has indicated that the border patrol will prevent Americans and Mexicans living in the U.S. from crossing over the border.  It will be a restriction on nonessential travel from Arizona into Mexico, just as there is a restriction on nonessential travel from Mexico into Arizona.

Mexico closes border in Arizona as
coronavirus cases in both countries surge

July 2, 2020
Stock Market

It is possible that there may be yet another set of stimulus package payments to millions of Americans.  The first payments, authorized by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in late March, went out to over 160 million people.

2nd Stimulus: White House Will
‘Seriously Consider’ More Payments

July 1, 2020
Stock Market

For many months, I have included stock market entries on most days.  This is because it has been fluctuating (“zigging” and “zagging”) so much, especially since the last record high of the Dow took place (29,551.42 points) on February 12.  That has caused my two “Ted’s Remarks About Stuff” pages, for people viewing them, to take much longer to load than ever before.

Therefore, now that the page from January through March and the page from April through June have been archived, I have removed most of the stock market information from those pages (unless that was the only information included for any given date).  Instead, for days that I added stock market entries, I now have placed “Stock Market” links, which can be clicked on, immediately below those dates.

The two most recent archived pages are here:

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