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KY_EnviroGuy's Journal
KY_EnviroGuy's Journal
December 31, 2021

SS, for many of us, we had to drink until we completely surrendered.

In other words, a major collapse of pride and ego. It happened to me mostly in one day in 1990 and at a point where I was nearly dead from non-stop drinking every day for years. I had two young kids and wanted to live to help them grow up. I was able to muster the strength to search for help and was in detox a few weeks later but due to my extreme physical addiction to booze, I had to drink heavily literally all the way to the door of the hospital.

Thank goodness, by doing a few simple things we can surrender much of our pride and ego without taking it that far. I finally saw that alcoholism was a physical, mental and emotional disease, no matter how serious it has become but the less serious it is, the more the ego keeps us in denial that we have a problem and it convinces us we can fix it ourselves. Unfortunately, most of us could not fix a problem this complex without help.

AA to my knowledge is the only place you can get free help from others with a drinking problem and that you can come and go as you please, and it's 100% up to you how you use it. Try to look at AA as a box of tools that have worked for millions of others trying to stop drinking and rebuild their lives, but you must decide which ones to pick up to help yourself.

Look at everything you hear at meetings as suggestions that have worked for others and if you truly want to stop drinking, you will at least listen to those suggestions with compassion and humility. Like I was told early in, what I was trying sure as hell was not working so I may as well shut up and hear how those guys with years of sobriety have been doing it.

Many AA members simply forget that we lead and help others by suggestion and by sharing what has worked for us. We must not tell people what they have to do because alcoholics (and a lot of non-alcoholics) rebel when told what to do (think of covid vaccinations, LOL). So, I understand that you bristled at someone telling you to get on your knees. He should have just told you that getting on his knees works for him.

It's unfortunate that some in AA simply cannot leave their religion at the door when they enter, but please flip your thinking and understand that AA allows each member the choice of the tools they decide to use. Also understand that AA allows each group the freedom to be autonomous. That is, the groups decides on the direction they want to take as a group but only if it's in a way that does not damage AA as a whole.

If most groups in your area have allowed religion to infuse their meetings, find another alcoholic that thinks like you and form your own damn group. Yes, you can do that and I helped with a group like that here in Kentucky. All you need is two people and a Big Book or 12 & 12 Book, or just a printed copy of The Twelve Steps and The Twelve Traditions to read. Even the coffee pot is optional. You may even have atheist/agnostic-oriented meetings already in your area!

AA must forever be seen as having its doors open to anyone that wants to stop drinking regardless of race, color, nationality, creed or religion. Therefore, theoretically a black LGBT Muslim female walking into a meeting in the USA Bible belt should be welcomed with open arms. But because we're all human with remnants of our egos and with some desire to control, it does not always happen that way. AA simply relies on the faith that groups that go too far astray from AA Traditions will eventually fail and dissolve. In many cases, they can do as they please but should stop calling themselves an AA Group.

I'll end by listing a few things that have been key to my staying sober:

1. I had to learn to meditate, at least in a way that quietened my very cluttered mind. Thereafter, I could then address an enormous do-list awaiting me after I left detox because most everything in my life was a wreck. After I started traveling in my work, I learned to use that little skill to stop that squirrel-cage brain during rushed, busy tasks.

2. I had to overcome my shyness and make some friends with other alcoholics and ask for phone numbers and meet somewhere to have coffee or just hang out in a park and talk, but the very best for this introvert was one-on-one at a kitchen table. The founders of AA learned in the '30 that sharing our troubles, our history and thoughts on how we're staying sober is a necessity for success. The primary founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith did that by visiting drunks in the hospital, in their homes and on the street.

3. I started traveling around the country early after detox to get work and pay my bills and made meetings everywhere I went. By seeing the diversity in meetings around the nation, it taught me how AA is supposed to work but that the basic principles always work everywhere. The differences between meetings in Monroe, Louisiana and Reedsport, Oregon and Newark, NJ made me see their commonality.

4. To avoid drink, I had to start exercising good moral and physical habits, or at least try. That meant things like stop harming others, take better care of my health (including diet and sleep habits) and at least trying to make amends for most of the harm I had done.

5. I read a lot and carried my recovery books everywhere I traveled, and tried to call another AA member or family member each day. With the help of an AA sponsor/helper/friend, I worked on AA's Twelve Steps as best I could while traveling. It was piecemeal but it worked.

6. They suggested I try to find a power greater than myself that I can address in my meditation with humility, and that it can be anything I want - - my '57 Chevy or my 'ole dog, my AA group, or some traditional god if I must. After years of trial and error, I chose the Earth as my higher power and it has worked really well. I can see the Earth, touch the Earth, and I'm free to talk to the Earth anytime. Plus, she always seems to listen!

7. I discovered the phenomenal power of writing things down on paper that were bothering me, making me angry or things I didn't understand. There's something magic in seeing it on paper. Another way to look at that is it "brings things out into the sunlight." When done, we can keep it for memories or just throw it away, and some people find relief from burning their notes. I carried DayTimer daily planners for many years and use that for my notes, sometimes writing in a restaurant after leaving a job for the day.

8. Lots of good sayings repeated in my head: Progress, not perfection. One day at a time. Keep it simple, stupid (KISS). Principles, not personalities. It works if you work it. And, maybe the most important one....

"Don't drink, go to meetings, read the Big Book and call another alcoholic."

If you're interested in learning more about how AA was started and how it's supposed to work, I suggest you get a copy of these books (published by AA World Services): 1.) The AA "big book" labeled "Alcoholics Anonymous", 2. "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", 3.) "Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age", and 4.) "As Bill Sees It".

The AA Comes of Age book and 12 & 12 book were the ones that allowed me to open my eyes on how AA is supposed to work for both me and alcoholics around the globe.and if you bristle at some of the AA Step work, try reading those first. Just remember that the AA Big Book was written in the 1930s and is quite old-fashioned and interpreted by many as too religious. It is not a book of religion but instead the founders simply used some ideas from religion as part of the foundation (surrender, service, humility, etc.).

Sorry to have rambled for so long but remember we stay sober by helping others and that's worked for me for 31 years. By giving me a chance to share, you have helped me to stay sober today and I say thanks!


December 30, 2021

The human immune system just can't fight two deadly diseases at once.

COV-ID and right-wing STUP-ID together is like being bitten by a cobra and timber rattler all at once..... .....

Local article:

Robin Fransman (49) died after corona infection
14 hours ago

Link: https://netherlandsnewslive.com/initiator-of-the-herstel-nl-platform-robin-fransman-49-died-after-corona-infection-financial/320662/

“Corona positive. It was about time too,” Frenchman wrote on December 3.

As chairman of Herstel-NL, a group of economists, doctors and scientists, Fransman opposed the lockdowns in our country. He emphasized that the cabinet policy – ​​to lock up the Netherlands in the fight against corona infections – would cause more damage than it would provide in terms of health benefits. According to him, the forced closure of the catering industry, theaters and cinemas would breed a new generation of vulnerable people. A national campaign was launched with the slogan: ‘There is a plan to open the Netherlands’.

Some reader comments in reply to a similar article in Newsweek:

Wise Guy
The operative word here is Economist. Not Scientist. Everybody thinks they’re an expert on Covid for some reason. Meanwhile the experts are giving people valid information to help keep them alive and they ignore it. How many vocal skeptics have died now? Just think if people had listened to and heeded the Covid precautions in the beginning instead of the fat orange one who was trying to get re-elected, we’d long since been on the other side of this mess.
Michael Forbes
Tragic, preventable death. Critical COVID is now a vaccine preventable disease. Every hospitalization and every death must be interpreted for what it is--preventable. The science is strong and is neutral. Politics, religion, personalities, or all of the above have conspired to create the current boil of mistrust and preventable death. Preventable death and disability: the inevitable consequences of mixing public health with religion or politics. Truly a sad end.

December 26, 2021

Keep track of the Webb Telescope here....


Link: https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html

Page has a neat timeline showing major mission milestones. We're about 15% of the way to reaching L2 parking spot.

Note the Latest News button toward bottom of page for more info on JWST.

Photo from my "Space" picture folder from a while back showing testing team with telescope at entrance to test chamber:

December 26, 2021

Russian troops returning to bases: reports

Russian troops returning to bases: reports
Dec 25, 2021

More than 10,000 Russian troops have been returning to their permanent bases after month-long drills near Ukraine, Interfax news agency reported, citing the Russian military.

Also see:

More than 10,000 Russian troops returning to bases after drills near Ukraine -Interfax


MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - More than 10,000 Russian troops have been returning to their permanent bases after month-long drills near Ukraine, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday, citing the Russian military.

Interfax said the drills were held in several regions near Ukraine, including in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, as well as in the southern Russian regions of Rostov and Kuban.

Russia's deployment of tens of thousands of troops to the north, east and south of Ukraine had fuelled fears in Kyiv and Western capitals that Moscow was planning an attack.
Estimates for the number of Russian troops recently moved closer to Ukraine vary from 60,000 to 90,000, with one U.S. intelligence document suggesting that number could be ramped up as high as 175,000.

Although just a portion of the troops, let's hope it's a good sign and Putin deescalates the entire region.

KY...... ........
December 25, 2021

Reminder: James Webb Space Telescope launches at 7:20 a.m. today.

See full details and links here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017701183

or via these shortcuts:

NASA Live TV (coverage starts at 6:00 a.m EST): https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

YouTube NASA Live channel:

Space.com articles and launch coverage: https://www.space.com/

Best of luck to NASA, Arianespace and JWST for a successful launch......
December 24, 2021

James Webb Space Telescope Launch -- Official NASA Broadcast

James Webb Space Telescope Launch — Official NASA Broadcast

Watch the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful space telescope ever made. This mission is scheduled to lift off at 7:20 a.m. EST (12:20 UTC), Dec. 25, 2021, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Other links:

Watch live NASA launch coverage starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday here: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

NASA Official James Webb Space Telescope Home Page (lots of info on the mission): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/webb/main/index.html

NASA James Webb Telescope Twitter (for launch play-by-play): https://twitter.com/NASAWebb

NASA Twitter: https://twitter.com/NASA

Space.com Coverage (good articles on JWST): https://www.space.com/

Nerves run high ahead of the James Webb Space Telescope launch this Saturday
Article: https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-launch-nasa-nervous

Amid all the excitement, there is no shortage of nerves ahead of the launch of the world's most powerful telescope.

This Saturday (Dec. 25), the James Webb Space Telescope will blast off from Earth on a 1-million-mile (1.5 million kilometers) journey to its ultimate destination, where it will make groundbreaking new observations of the early universe. But with such ambitious science goals, more than 25 years of work and $10 billion spent, a lot is riding on the success of this telescope.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson is, for one, feeling "optimistic, confident, but nervous," ahead of Webb's launch, he told Space.com.

Webb will liftoff at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) on Dec. 25 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, atop an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket.

Transporting to launch pad:

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Ready to go!

Best of luck to NASA, Arianespace and JWST for a successful launch......

December 19, 2021

It's a long shot but maybe President Biden should approach church leaders.....

and say "folks, COVID is still killing your people and mine in droves and you're some of the few people that influences the public I can go to."

"Please do the righteous thing for our nation and be a strong advocate for vaccination, masking, testing and social distancing in your churches."

I think often of that photo of several church leaders gathered around tRump and supposedly offering their blessings. Maybe it's time they gathered around Joe if they're serious about their religion.


December 19, 2021

Workers from candle factory destroyed in tornadoes file class-action lawsuit

Workers from candle factory destroyed in tornadoes file class-action lawsuit
Dec 16, 2021
ABC News

Employees at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory, where eight people were killed in a tornado, filed a class-action lawsuit against their employer.

Also see this article:

Mayfield candle factory tornado survivors sue company, allege 'flagrant indifference'
Ben Tobin
Louisville Courier Journal

Dec. 17, 2021

Link: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/12/16/kentucky-tornado-mayfield-candle-factory-workers-file-lawsuit-against-company/8915888002/

Several survivors of the Mayfield candle factory tornado collapse have filed the first lawsuit against the company since the deadly storm, alleging that Mayfield Consumer Products showed a "flagrant indifference" to workers' safety the night of the tornado.
In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that Mayfield Consumer Products required the 110 employees at the factory Friday night to work even though the company "knew or should have known about the expected tornado and the danger of serious bodily injuries and death to its employees if its employees were required to remain at its place of business during the pendency of the expected tornado." The lawsuit also invoked a claim the company has contested: That it refused to let workers leave the night of the tornado and threatened to fire them if they did so.

The company "showed flagrant indifference to the rights" of employees "with a subjective awareness that such conduct will result in human death and/or bodily injuries," the lawsuit reads.
As part of the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, prejudgment and post-judgment interests, attorney’s fees, and "a trial by jury on all issues so triable."

There may not be much left in the way of assets to sue for but at least they may find some closure for families of the dead and some psychological relief for their community.

December 18, 2021

Consider these possibilities.......

Did you have a bad power glitch at your house?

If you have a "smart" TV, it may have been hacked.

See: https://techpenny.com/smart-tvs-hacking-stay-safe/

Quote: "Smart TVs are one of the most hacked devices that can connect to the Internet."

Someone Connected to My Smart TV, What Do I Do?

Should you detect unusual activity from your smart TV, the first thing you should do is log out of all your accounts.

After logging out, access those accounts from another device and change passwords.

You should enable two-factor authentication when possible.

Once you have secured your account, go over the recent activities or logins of your account and look for the suspicious activity so you can block it.

Other related articles:

Beware of hackers targeting Smart TV owners who lack strong cybersecurity

How to Protect Your Smart TV From Getting Hacked

Smart TV’s May Be Tracking You And Vulnerable To Hacks

The Consumer Reports study concluded that most smart TVs and associated technologies like the Roku have only the most rudimentary of security features and can easily be hacked, giving the hackers total control of your TV. This includes the ability to turn it off, on, change the channel, and monitor your viewing habits. Given that, these TVs can also be voice-controlled. Once a hacker is in control of your set, he could monitor any conversations that take place near it without your knowledge.

FBI issues dire warning about smart TVs and hackers

The FBI recently stated your smart TV could be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. They may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it’s possible an unsecured smart TV could give them a simple backdoor through your router.

They can also take control of your unsecured smart TV. Low-risk threats include changing channels, adjusting the TV’s volume and showing kids inappropriate videos. Worst-case scenarios include turning your bedroom TV’s camera and mic into a stalking spying device. Yikes!

Even if hacking didn't cause your event, we got to learn some things about smart TVs today!

Could have been worse like a rerun of a Ronco infomercial. Nothing worse than waking up and hearing Ron Popeil on the TeeVee.....

December 18, 2021

Too early in that variant's life span to answer your question accurately ...

which in reality, should be addressed by an immunologist of international standing, not by casual users of a political forum.

You can get most of the best opinions currently available here, as they have asked that question of people in SA:

South Africa says vaccines and natural immunity are limiting latest Covid wave
Peter Beaumont
The Guardian UK
Fri 17 Dec 2021


Many, many data sets, knowns and unknowns are involved in accurately answering such a question as well as demographic factors such as population aging and mobility.

It's irrelevant to us in the USA that SA's case spread rate appears to be slower.


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