Depending on where you are today, there will either be a total or partial solar eclipse. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY AT ANY POINT DURING THE ECLIPSE! Here are a few tips to safely view the eclipse if you do not have the proper eye protection.
Here is an initial test of the solar filter I will be using on my camera during the eclipse:
Joy Reid had Larry Wilkerson on the other night and noted the irony of having generals, in the form of Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis, essentially being the responsible parties in the current administration in keeping civilian control of government. I can only paraphrase Wilkerson's response but it was that this was typical of empires that relied on the projection of military power as they began to fail. The military leaders were the only ones who were seen as having the competence and ability to run the empire. We're not there yet, but it is another frightening sign that our democracy could well be failing, with the resulting rise in the appeal of authoritarianism.