Juliana: An annular “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse will occur on Sunday, February 26, 2017, beginning at 12:10 PM UTC (7:10 AM EST), peaking at 2.58 PM UTC (9:58 AM EST) and setting at 5.35 PM UTC (12:35 EST). The eclipse will occur in the Southern Hemisphere along a very narrow path beginning over the South Pacific Ocean, crossing South America and the Southern Atlantic Ocean and ending in Africa. According to Vedic astrology, an eclipse affects the whole world, but important geopolitical events are often stirred up more in the areas where the eclipse shadow actually falls. More
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Monday, November 14, 2016
October 16, November 14 & December 14, 2016:
The Moon at perigee, its closest point to Earth.
The Super-Moon can be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter
than an apogee Moon, when it's the furthest from Earth.
The next time a Full Moon is even closer to Earth will be
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Jack T. Chick, whose religious cartoons, known as Chick tracts, became known worldwide as tools of religious salvation, but which were also attacked as instruments of hate speech, died on Sunday October 23, 2016 at his home in Alhambra, Calif. He was 92.
The death was confirmed by David W. Daniels of Mr. Chick’s company, Chick Publications.
“To some, Chick tracts are American folk art or even a form of religious pornography, titillating and somewhat dangerous,” Brill’s Content wrote in 1999. “Chick is the ultimate underground artist.”
Chick Publications says that almost 900 million copies of the cartoons have been printed and sold in 102 languages to missionaries, churches, youth groups and others.
Mr. Chick saw a long list of practices and beliefs as enemies of true Christianity. In addition to Islam, they included abortion, drugs, evolution, homosexuality, rock music, the Roman Catholic Church, Judaism, Mormonism and Freemasonry — but also Dungeons & Dragons, and updated translations of the Bible. He and the Christian Booksellers Association parted ways in 1981, partly because of his work’s anti-Catholic messages.
Jack Thomas Chick was born on April 13, 1924, in Los Angeles and grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, the son of Thomas Chick, a commercial artist, and the former Pauline Freas.
He won a two-year scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse to study acting, but his education was interrupted by World War II. He spent three years in the Army, serving in the Pacific Theater — New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and Japan. When he returned to the Pasadena Playhouse after the war, he met Lynn Priddle, a fellow student from Canada. They were married in 1948.
Mr. Chick is survived by his second wife, Susy. Lynn Chick died in 1998, and their daughter, Carol, died in 2001.
Some people called Mr. Chick the Thomas Pynchon of evangelism. He had not given an interview since 1975 and, it was said, had chosen comics as his medium because he was too shy to bear witness any other way.