Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eagles Aerial Combat Tactics and climbing Mount Everest and the ninth of Av

Use Positive Imagery

Positive use of imagery is very important for controlling one's feelings.

A person with a tendency toward sadness is likely to habitually imagine unpleasant scenes. When you find yourself visualizing negative scenes, make a conscious effort to imagine a positive one. Make a list of positive scenes you can focus on. Take a few minutes to actually experience the positive feelings of focusing on those scenes.

Love Yehuda Lave

Have on your bucket list to climb Mt. Everest?  No need....
It's almost like being there (well, not quite - but it gives you an idea of the climb). At the top you can view the 360 degree view from the summit (move the mouse around).
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                                         Kill'em and Eat'em
This came from a gent who runs a 2,000-acre corn farm up around Barron, WI, not far from Oshkosh.  He used to fly F-4Es and F-16s for the Guard, and participated in the first Gulf War.
His story:
I went out to plant corn for a bit, to finish a field before tomorrow morning and witnessed The Great Battle.  A golden eagle -- big, with about a six-foot wingspan - flew right in front of the tractor.  It was being chased by three crows that were continually dive bombing it and pecking at it.  The crows do this because the eagles rob their nests when they find them.

At any rate, the eagle banked hard right in one evasive maneuver, then landed in the field about 100 feet from the tractor.  This eagle stood about 3 feet tall.  The crows all landed too and took up positions around the eagle at 120 degrees apart, but kept their distance at about 20 feet from the big bird.  The eagle would take a couple steps towards one of the crows and they'd hop backwards and forward to keep their distance.  Then the reinforcement showed up.

I happened to spot the eagle's mate hurtling down out of the sky at what appeared to be approximately Mach 1.5.  Just before impact, the eagle on the ground took flight, (obviously a coordinated tactic; probably pre-briefed) and the three crows that were watching the grounded eagle also took flight -- thinking they were going to get in some more pecking on the big bird.

The first crow being targeted by the diving eagle never stood a snowball's chance in hell.  There was a mid-air explosion of black feathers, and that crow was done.

The diving eagle then banked hard left in what had to be a 9G climbing turn, using the energy it had accumulated in the dive, and hit crow #2 less than two seconds later.  Another crow dead.

The grounded eagle, which was now airborne and had an altitude advantage on the remaining crow that was streaking eastward in full burner, made a short dive, then banked hard right when the escaping crow tried to evade the hit.  It didn't work - crow #3 bit the dust at about 20 feet AGL.

This aerial battle was better than any air show I've been to, including the War Birds show at Oshkosh.  The two eagles ripped the crows apart, and ate them on the ground; and, as I got closer and closer working my way across the field, I passed within 20 feet of one of them as it ate its catch.  It stopped and looked at me as I went by, and you could see in the look of that bird that it knew who's Boss of the Sky.  What a beautiful bird!


I loved it.  Not only did they kill their enemy, they ate them.  One of the best Fighter Pilot stories I've seen in a long time. 


 What happened on the ninth of Av and why do we have a fast day as long as Yom Kippur?
  • During the time of Moses, Jews in the desert accepted the slanderous report of the 10 Spies, and the decree was issued forbidding them from entering the Land of Israel. (1312 BCE)
  • The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, led by Nebuchadnezzar. 100,000 Jews were slaughtered and millions more exiled. (586 BCE)
  • The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, led by Titus. Some two million Jews died, and another one million were exiled. (70 CE)
  • The Bar Kochba revolt was crushed by Roman Emperor Hadrian. The city of Betar – the Jews' last stand against the Romans – was captured and liquidated. Over 100,000 Jews were slaughtered. (135 CE)
  • The Temple area and its surroundings were plowed under by the Roman general Turnus Rufus. Jerusalem was rebuilt as a pagan city – renamed Aelia Capitolina – and access was forbidden to Jews.

Other grave misfortunes throughout Jewish history occurred on the Ninth of Av, including:

  1. The Spanish Inquisition culminated with the expulsion of Jews from Spain on Tisha B'Av in 1492.
  2. World War One broke out on the eve of Tisha B'Av in 1914 when Germany declared war on Russia. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.
  3. On the eve of Tisha B'Av 1942, the mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.
4. In 2014 the world wants us dead and we had another short war to keep ourselves alive with a "cease fire" today.