Category Archives: various musings


WREG Meteorologist Austen Onek takes an in-depth look at the forecast for the rest of the week and into the weekend. In short: hot and humid, including for the First Day of Autumn on Friday. (Summer in the Mid-South does not give up easily.) Also, a look at the tropics which continue active as well. More on your forecast, plus a look at where the OSIRIS-Rex satellite is, and where it will be whizzing by Earth tomorrow, all coming up on #WREG @3onyourside exclusive video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime. #ShareAndEnjoy

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An open letter to President-elect Trump about nuclear weapons and nuclear winter — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists #IWantMyPlanetBack

Your presidency is an unprecedented opportunity for positive change in the world. Reducing the threat of nuclear war and nuclear winter will make the United States safer and richer, and cement your status as a world leader. Please take advantage of this chance to be a real winner.

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“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today.

Where are they?

  • Ch. 25 : Real Patriots Ask Questions – The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle In The Dark by Carl Sagan


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My son, Tristan Onek, and I were on a college trip so he could look around Rutgers in New Jersey as a potential school back in mid-January 2016. After his visit, we spent the day traipsing around NYC seeing as much as we could before our flight back to Memphis. This was just after exploring Wall Street and a trip to Columbia. Emerged between the buildings, seeing the memorial coming into view, hearing the tumbling waters, trying to wrap my head around what happened here fifteen years ago. The rain had stopped falling, and the drizzle was fading as the Sun struggled to shine. Outside of a few kids talking loudly, the entire area was a hush, city sounds around and about, but otherwise, hardly anyone spoke, reading the names and experiencing the location as deeply as possible.

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Year One is a storytelling campaignYear One is a storytelling campaign by City Leadership and Choose901 to promote Memphis as the premiere place to invest and enjoy your life. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the individual bloggers and not of Choose901.

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AKA “Breaking Bard”? :) Zounds!


This Monday at Shelby Farms Park courtesy of Tennessee Shakespeare Company “This 45-minute 2-actor survey of the playwright’s Greatest Hits serves as a delightful primer to essential scenes and soliloquies that many in the audience will already know, making their future experience with the plays less arduous and more inspiring and fun. Included scenes from: HENRY V, ROMEO AND JULIET, JULIUS CAESAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE SONNETS, HENRY VI, part 1, MACBETH, HAMLET, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.”

Monday at 2 PM – 5 PM

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While I am not one who has a mental illness, or has any leanings towards suicide, I post this to increase support and spread the word that we can talk up the discussion of what mental illness is, and how we can work to help those who need help the most. Especially combatting the idea that boys/men should just “man up” and “deal with it” without saying anything, “because that’s just not what guys do”. This grassroots social media campaign says what needs to be said: talk about it, don’t accept your circumstances as the status quo, find help, ask questions, don’t just suffer in silence. Do something to make it better.

Also, if you have ANY ideas about suicide, get help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t wait. Do it now. Find those who will listen. They are out there and ready to help you find your way. There is always a way to fix things without taking the ultimate step out.

“The need for a campaign addressing men’s mental health is undeniably dire. According to the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Death by suicide accounts for an estimated 1.4 percent of all deaths globally, making it the 15th leading cause of death as of 2012. ” – +Mashable







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Join us here on this page on Monday (8/29) at 3pm EDT for a LIVE show about the total solar eclipse of August 2017!

The path of totality for the August 2017 eclipse – where the moon completely obscures the sun, revealing the sun’s tenuous and brilliant atmosphere – stretches across the US, from coast to coast.

During the live show, NASA scientists will talk about how to watch an eclipse, the science of eclipses, and what researchers hope to learn. Our scientists will also be answering your questions, so come back on Monday to leave them in the comments section of our live show!

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Miss the forecast on WREG News Channel 3 Daybreak? That’s OK. We’ve got you covered with the latest forecast for you if you’re on the go: video weatherblog WEATHER OVERTIME posted and ready to view.#ShareAndEnjoy  

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#BEPREPARED: Memphis International Needs YOU!


If you’ve never participated in one of these, you should consider giving it a try. I was in a mock plane crash at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kansas for my Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness merit badge. Received fake wounds and had fake blood applied to my clothing and was transported in an ambulance to the VA Hospital for triage & examination.

If you’d like to volunteer, in order to help our community and authorities be better prepared for an emergency, please consider doing so, and contact the Memphis International Airport staff to sign up.

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