The evidence is everywhere: An extraordinary number of people seem to prefer living under masks rather than accepting the data that say the pandemic is over. Why? We go into that, and the extraordinary story of the lab leak in the Soviet Union that American “experts” agreed was a naturally occurring phenomenon… because saying so was taking a side in the political-cultural-ideological war of the time. Sound familiar? Give a listen.

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  1. James Hageman Moderator
    James Hageman
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    It is not an equinox, since the nights are not equal to the days.

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  2. Timothy Landon Member
    Timothy Landon
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    James Hageman (View Comment):

    It is not an equinox, since the nights are not equal to the days.

    Solstice!

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  3. T.C. Member
    T.C.
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    The solstice is that day of the year when the sun is at its highest in the sky (summer solstice), or its  lowest, (winter solstice). In New York, that means the summer solstice is when the sun is most north of the equator, and the winter solstice is when the sun is most south of the equator. When the sun is highest in the sky in New york, it’s lowest in the sky as viewed from Sydney, so New York’s summer solstice is Sydney’s winter solstice, and vice versa.

    An equinox is a little different. It’s the two days of the year that the Sun appears to be exactly over the equator, which has the effect of making the length of the day and the night equal. 

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  4. Pat Jefferson Member
    Pat Jefferson
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    Re Ronald Reagan and Armageddon: at a function at Texas A&M University the week after 9/11, I met a religion professor with a longtime involvement in Texas Republican politics. He had talked with Reagan backstage for about 20 minutes before a campaign speech on campus in 1980 and asked about his beliefs and hopes for the future. On the basis of that conversation, the prof reported that Reagan’s eschatology wasn’t “pre-millennial,” anticipating a “pre-tribulation rapture” and biblical Armageddon as an imminent possibility (as e.g. Hal Lindsey), but rather “post-millennial,” a position common in the 19th century and characteristic of the Disciples of Christ, the denomination to which Reagan’s mother belonged and in which he was reared. Post-millennialists anticipate a thousand years (literal or metaphorical) of peace, growing prosperity, and successful evangelism preceding the return of Christ, and Reagan hoped to contribute to that by (among other things) working to eliminate nuclear weapons. So the pundits referred to late in the podcast couldn’t have gotten Reagan more wrong!

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