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March 8, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dropouts. Opponents. Sunny Confederacy

March 8th and the world didn’t end. So it didn’t matter if I slept late or not.

People tend to worry too much. They think everything in existence behaves just like they do.

Vintage children with dolls.(whatsthatpicture/

Voted least likely to forgive and forget a no-show. (whatsthatpicture/

Remember that kid in your group that would promise – PROMISE – to show up someplace, but at the last minute, MIA?

“Something came up. Sorry about that.”

Despite being one of March 8th’s major Doomsday players, Asteroid 2016 TX 68, realized it had a previous appointment and put the stardust to the orbit. Swooped by early on Monday, March 7th, about 8:42 am EST.

Can’t trust those wanna-be star types. (Why the slippery asteroid surprised scientists)

Then there’s the eager social butterflies who shine brighter together. 

Sun and Moon: the original Twiddle Delight and Twiddle de Fun. This pairing featured the first of the year’s six SuperMoons and the only Total Solar Eclipse for 2016. (Ignore all that Earthy tidal potential. Just more theatrical overhead.)

Three child stars holding their dolls. 1925 FIlm promo: Mary, Queen of Tots. (USPD.

Hey, my agent said these things would drone on. But I’m wondering, do drones even have tiny pilots?(USPD)

In any crowd, and there’s always one with Oppositional Disorder

That’s Jupiter right now.

A bit standoffish, Jupiter is currently the brightest object in the sky and exactly opposite the sun in the sky so it is rising just as the sun sets and stays visible until setting as the sun rises.  (Jupiter’s Return.

Not sure if the big planet is independently moving with super confidence of its’ own abilities or showing an unwillingness to work with others.

Or maybe it’s all just a jumble of rocks rolling.

“Sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Always something to those who wish it to be: Seeing signs and auspicious occasions.

View from outer space. Flying through Aurora's Green Fog. NASA Image of the day ( / fed. agency.)

Decided by point of view.(Flying through Aurora’s Green USPD)

On August 22, 1142 there was a total solar eclipse. Three and a half minutes. Impressive.

 Also on that date, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, possibly the one of the world’s oldest democracies, was finalized as the Senecas joined with other nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga) in accepting “The Great Law of Peace.” The ratification council met near what is now Victor, NY (call “Gonandaga” by the Seneca)

Long before their time, gender specific rights, duties, and responsibilities existed here. Under The Great Law, women owned the lands and homes, held veto power in some situations if war was being considered, and the clan mothers chose the male candidates for chief.

Read more about that notable eclipse and a Confederacy of Laws here:

Certainly enough to keep one spinning.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Colorful horizon view from space. Last sunrise from a Year in Space. NASA image of the Day ( USPD)

Thin band of everything and nothing. (Last sunrise from a Year in Space/






  1. sustainabilitea / Mar 8 2016 7:25 pm

    The Iroquois were also fierce warriors. As for the asteroid, it got pretty close: about 2/5 million miles away. Pretty sure I felt the wind as it went by.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:57 am

      That tribe’s reputation precedes them: fierce and intelligent. Hope the schools are still teaching full regional history as it is very important for sense of the place and self. (Lack of space/time in misguided Common Core’s national curriculum)
      I think you are right about that wind as it passed – stuff almost blew over about that time here. High tides were high. That asteroid was much closer than last year.
      Thanks for the breezy comment

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  2. shoreacres / Mar 8 2016 7:32 pm

    It’s not surprising they can’t keep track of an asteroid. There was that flooding rain we were supposed to have today…. this evening… tonight… Well, maybe. I love the caption under that top photo. I wouldn’t want to offend that crew.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:51 am

      As one weather guy said this morning “The weather/radar models have been totally useless with this rain.” RC Cat is more accurate than anything else – if she’s under the back corner of the bed, get ready for a big loud storm and buckets of rain. Amazingly accurate – right now, for example. Dove under there about 15 min ago. I was trying to get Molly to go out, but she planted herself next to the bed and said,”The cat forecast says not now.”
      That is a funny bunch isn’t it? Star power there.
      Thanks for shining up a comment to leave


  3. Paul / Mar 8 2016 8:27 pm

    Ahhhh, you’ve gone celestial on us today Phil. I assume that we know the date of the treaty because it took place during the eclipse. otherwise it seems a bit far fetched that we would know the exact date of something that happened 850 years ago.. And I like women owning the property. It makes sense. After all they raise the young and therefore should have the family assets at their disposal for the family.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:44 am

      England has the Magna Carta (1215) and the colonies have the Great Peace.
      The research (linked here and other places) is pretty intriguing – especially as it features a showdown between European rather faulty assumptions/conclusions in opposition to the tribes’ real oral history as told by the Keepers (and other methods of establishing dates). Actually researchers are just making the eclipse link (which are accurately recorded). Amazing how much knowledge from the past has been stashed on the shelf waiting to be noticed? Thanks for the soaring comment (Been glad to see you here and there around the neighborhood!)

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  4. Jane Dougherty / Mar 9 2016 2:19 am

    Hello. We’re still here too. Feels good, doesn’t it?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:31 am

      HA! Yes. (You know people will explain the lack of doom on that asteroid’s early exit…wait until next year, they are mumbling?) Thanks for the comment cheer


  5. memoirsofahusk / Mar 9 2016 3:09 am

    Phew, dizzy! Cosmic overload but fascinating thanks PMotH.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:29 am

      The thing about sticking a toe into the star filled waters is that there’s so much going on up there constantly. It’s like we only notice the big fireworks events. Dizzy, indeed. THanks for whirling along


  6. Ally Bean / Mar 9 2016 4:34 am

    Sometime the fault, dear PhilosopherMouse, is not in the stars, but in the meddling worrisome human beings who focus on what could go wrong up in the sky, for we are underlings.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:27 am

      Ever remind you of ant beds? (Wait those are so busy being productive and furthering the goals of the entire community. HA HA) Thanks for adding a start struck comment

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  7. easyweimaraner / Mar 9 2016 5:38 am

    We sadly missed this eclipse, but we heard that animals can act crazy when we have such days… That’s true… last year Lucky freaked out and bit my momma in her ankle (4 stitches)… without a reason… fortunately Lucky is just a chihuahua… and not a deerhound :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 7:01 am

      Oh, ouchie, Easy. If lucky just wanted to make sure your Mom noticed an eclipse, the pup newsperson should have tried a way with less bite! Animals do seem to be more sensitive to things which makes me wonder if people are, too, only they don’t know it. THere’s plenty of human nuttiness going on. Thanks for pointing that out in a pawfect comment.


  8. The Hook / Mar 9 2016 10:51 am

    Somehow I doubt the world will ever end when we’re expecting it.
    The world doesn’t work that way.
    Great post, as always.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2016 5:07 pm

      There’s probably secret foreshadowing in those DC universes somewhere…a cosmic joke. Meanwhile we should all try to be superheroes or at least do random acts of kindness…and practice not tripping on Superman’s cape. Not wise to irritate the big guy. Thanks for flying by!


  9. Jay E. / Mar 9 2016 5:36 pm

    I didn’t even know the asteroid thing was happening. Oh well, it’s not like I could stop anything like that from happening even if I did know about it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2016 6:52 am

      Yep. Another reason just to sleep late on the assigned date. Maybe there have been so many “It’s really going to happen this time” events recently, people are burnt out on the panic about it….of course that could be part of the plot HA HA! Thanks for whirling by with a comment

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  10. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 11 2016 10:45 am

    I was in a black hole about the asteroid – a little spacey humor there. 🙂 Cool about the Confederacy of Laws. The more I learn about cultures where gender equality was the norm, the happier I am that we’re moving in that direction, even if it’s taken two millennia just to get where we are.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2016 11:07 am

      There’s always some slow learners and some early adopters in every land? Inch by inch – but nothing wrong with that considering how old the earth is – we are but a blink.(ANd it’s sunny, so I’m going out to blink in sun! Sun!) Thanks for dropping in with a comment. Have a great weekend!

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