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Amazon has 10 pair of viewing glasses for $9 ship included.
They look like the old 3D glasses from the movies, but different color "lenses".
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Hang on You got time yet. I'll bet that you can get them free with a big Mac a week before the eclipse. If not just dig out your welding goggles.

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40_Rod wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 9:28am:
Hang on You got time yet. I'll bet that you can get them free with a big Mac a week before the eclipse. If not just dig out your welding goggles.

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Yeah, I've got a couple hand held shields for watching welding, plus my auto darkening helmet. Figure I'll equip myself and the family if anyone wants to go outside and look up.
  

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If you think back to your cub scout days in the first half of the 1950s, you should remember that a heavily smoked piece of glass will do the job just fine.  But I guess holding a 4-6" square of class over a burning candle is much too dangerous.  A pin hole in a pice of black pape can also be used to project the sun onto another piece of paper.  That might be dangerous too because, at the mention of a pin hole, someone would look through the pin hole instead of projecting the image.  But, then they could sue both the paper maker,  the pin maker, and the poor guy who suggested the idea.

I saw a site on the web where you can find what you will see depending on your location.  For here is is a 98% coverage of the sun.  And I don't even have to go chasing the sun.

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Last eclipse I was present for (partial at our location) we broke the cover slides off of 3 1/4" floppy disks and looked through the medium. Just about the right density. I doubt that they did much UV filtering, but none of us were into staring at the sun for more than a few seconds at a time. Partials are boring.

My Idaho friend in the Wood River region tells me that the Sheriff's Dept. is predicting up to 100,000 daytrippers trying to congregate between Galena Summit and Stanley where it will pass. There's only one way to get there, and it's a two-lane road almost all the way from Twin Falls. Traffic is gonna be UNcredible, especially through the towns. She's planning on hunkering down. Block her driveway with her motor home, stock in food and liquor, like the whole "prepper" bit, and she's 40 road miles south of the main event.
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I bet there will be real nice coverage of the whole thing via TV, and no special glasses needed.

It will get a bit darker outside your house depending on your location........

  

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Here's the professional word on viewing: First and foremost, safety should be your top priority. The ONLY time you can safely look at the Sun without having to use a safe and certified solar filter is during the brief couple minutes or so of totality. All other times - even when the Sun is as much as 99% obscured - you MUST use a safe solar filter. The latter includes dedicated filters for telescopes and binoculars, eclipse glasses, and various projection methods. If you don't have access to a certified solar filter, you can use #14 welders glass (DO NOT use any grade lower than #14, because it may not effectively block all harmful wavelengths). Also, don't use regular sunglasses, CDs or DVDs, neutral density filters (even stacked ND filters), or other "tricks" for looking at the Sun. NASA has some safety tips on their web site at (You need to Login or Register to view media files and links)
  
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Back before digital photography we were told to develop unexposed film and use the negative as the viewing filter. That and "duck and cover" where considered effective.
  
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Your eyes are to precious to screw around with makeshift filters.
Specially when the right stuff is less than a buck.
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I wonder if it could be viewed with a magnifying glass focused on a sheet of white paper? It would be very dangerous though because of the chance of starting the paper on fire. Anyone besides me remember making bugs pop with a magnifying glass on a sunny day?

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When I was a kid we were taught to use a box with a very small hole. The box would have a white piece of paper in the bottom and the small hole at the top was like the old pin hole camera. Also needed a hole to look inside the box. What you got was an upside down picture of what was going on and no chance of messing up your eyes.
Pin hole cameras were a project that we had in the 7th grade. The lens was a piece of tin foil with a pin hole. The box was made from heavy construction paper and painted black on the inside. The was a little flap in the back for inserting the film ( in the dark room). The "shutter" was a cork. You set the camera up, pulled the cork out and waited about 2 minutes and then put the cork back in. Back in the dark room the film was taken out of the camera and developed.
  

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George, You bring back memories from when my brother and I were watching it in the 1950s. We were out in the old chicken coop early in the morning, smoking a piece of glass but we never got the second piece done before the eclipse took place. My brother was older and I ended up looking between my fingers.  I now have scarring on the retina and have aout 400 vision in that eye. I'll never forget it. Bob
  
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I wonder if it could be viewed with a magnifying glass focused on a sheet of white paper? It would be very dangerous though because of the chance of starting the paper on fire. Anyone besides me remember making bugs pop with a magnifying glass on a sunny day?

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We did that for fun and pest control  Cheesy

A few range fires were blamed on broken glass since there was no electrical power source under clear blue skies with temps of 100 plus in the high desert of southern Idaho.
  

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Pinhole cameras have a small enough f-stop to give good viewing when
projected onto a piece of paper. IIRC safe enough for white paper.
  
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A few range fires were blamed on broken glass since there was no electrical power source under clear blue skies with temps of 100 plus in the high desert of southern Idaho.


Ain't that the truth! If there's any electricity within a mile of a fire, it's always blamed as the source! Amazing how many overloaded plug strips get reported as "faulty wiring" by the news media! Wish they'd use the correct term of "homeowner abuse" when electrical fires are the owner's bad habits.
  

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This whole eclipse BS reminds me of Y2K! There's a lot of people getting rich off propaganda and hype generated simply to make money for those who will profit from it! It's going to last for a few minutes, and maybe an hour from start to finish. I doubt anyone who spends money to drive to the perfect viewing area, and then over pay for a motel will later be feeling like they really got their money's worth!
I also doubt the crowds and traffic jams predicted will really happen. It's across the entire USA, so it's not like everyone showing up at Woodstock! There's plenty of good viewing places across the USA, so this is all scare tactics to generate even more interest, and money!
When it's over everyone will feel just like they did after Y2K. Only difference is the eclipse will actually happen.
  

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Sun goes away and it gets totally dark! Meh! That happens here every night.
  
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jy3855 wrote on Aug 1st, 2017 at 1:23pm:
Sun goes away and it gets totally dark! Meh! That happens here every night.


You'd think this was 5,000 years ago, and the primitive people were scared of the angry Gods!
  

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This whole eclipse BS reminds me of Y2K! .... I doubt anyone who spends money to drive to the perfect viewing area, and then over pay for a motel will later be feeling like they really got their money's worth!
I also doubt the crowds and traffic jams predicted will really happen. It's across the entire USA, so it's not like everyone showing up at Woodstock! There's plenty of good viewing places across the USA, so this is all scare tactics to generate even more interest, and money!
When it's over everyone will feel just like they did after Y2K. Only difference is the eclipse will actually happen.


I hope you are right.  I'll be traveling under it that day  Roll Eyes
  

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I hope you are right. I'll be traveling under it that day Roll Eyes


Guessing the worst thing you'll encounter is having to turn your headlights on!  Cheesy
  

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Yeah.  I like that better than inching along in stop and go  Sad Cry
  

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Yup, making money is what all the hype is about.  There was one about 30 years ago.  We lived in Colorado then.  No big deal.  It got sort of dark and then lightened up.  Here in Salmon we are supposed to see about 98% coverage.  I've thought about moving the hay out of the barn and renting it out for $400/night with free parking in the horse corral.  Bring your own portapotty.

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I saw something about it in the ID Statesman a couple months ago.  They said Weiser or some little berg in that area was supposed to be "the place" to see it. They were planning a multi=day event and expected 20,000. Not sure where Wieser would put up 1,000, much less 20  Cheesy
  

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What a bunch of cynical old farts.
"Christmas bah, humbug"
Have you no interest in viewing the solar corona? (no, it's not beer)
I, for one, will enjoy this cosmic display, safely, with my eclipse glasses. So I spent a buck, big deal. Ain't nothing compared to the cable bill; cheap, if fleeting, entertainment.
Rest of you guys can just take a nap.
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I will have my solar corona ray bans with me.  I would not want to go blind driving through an eclipse  Grin
  

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Sunglasses in the dark?
Very hardcore Bob!
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I'm just going to sit back and laugh at all the silliness. Same way I did after Y2K!
  

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Difference is the eclipse will happen.
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Sunglasses in the dark?
Very hardcore Bob!
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I'm going to take advantage of the confusion this plays in the prairie poodle colonies... They become confused and aren't sure whether it's day or night -   How am I going to mount night vision to the vernier sights on my high-wall?  Huh
  

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Gorilla Tape.
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Just like Jan. 1, 2000 happened. But just like Y2K the eclipse will be nothing else but what it is. The world will go on, the sun will return, no huge crowds camping in fields for $1,000 ea., and there wont be highways full of fools jamming up traffic.

Some people have actually cancelled other plans for the weekend before because they're afraid they wont get home on Monday with the fear of traffic jams! We've had a half dozen people cancel their tables at our big collector's show that weekend, and based it on that very fear.
So even guys we thought were normal are eating up this crazy crap.
  

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Fear can be a funny thing. Back in the 70's during the oil, sugar, and a few other shortages, a local disc jockey in Salem, Oregon just happened to mention that he hoped there wasn't a shortage of toilet paper. Now this ain't no sh*t, but I went into a Payless drug store a day later and the locals had cleaned out every roll of toilet paper! Yep, fear can be a funny thing.

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My grandpa told of a girl hired to work in the local mercantile about 1900.  Toilet paper was new on the market.  The girls was told to try to substitute if they were out of a product.  A customer asked for TP.  They didn't have any, but she said they had lots of sandpaper  Grin
  

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A customer asked for TP. They didn't have any, but she said they had lots of sandpaper.
Some guys just need to make abrasive comments.
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Actually what was happening with the TP in Oregon at that time was that the Jap sailors were buying it all up and taking it to Japan to sell.  That was happening in both Portland and Seattle.   The "gas shortage" was really a market test as there were tankers being held off shore.  Big oil just wanted to see how far they could drive the price up.  I remember waiting in line for $0.75/gallon gas and being limited to only 5 gallons.  Must have been around 1973/4.  Now that it is $2.70/gal there aren't any lines.

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Guys at that time swore if gas got to a buck, they'd stop driving.
You could hardly give away a nice Cadillac.
87 octane is currently about $2.19 around Daytona, a bit less in Orlando.
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Looks like it will be a zoo. Campgrounds and motels sold out in southern Idaho. Some people are renting out rooms in their houses and camping space for tents on their lawns. One lady told me a friend is flying in from Brussels!
  

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Friend in Bellevue ID told me that the Atkinson's in Bellevue has stacked nearly a semi-load of bottled water, and the EMTs are stocked up on rattlesnake anti-venom Shocked Big fear is that a careless visitor will spark another massive brush fire. (A fire south of her, general vicinity of Shoshone, burned over 60,000 acres last week.) Gasoline is another commodity that will run short. Only a few stations from Bellevue to Ketchum, and if 75 is congested they can't be resupplied. She's a New England girl, so treating it like an impending hurricane - plan to be 100% self-sufficient for at least a week.
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Looks like it will be a zoo. Campgrounds and motels sold out in southern Idaho. Some people are renting out rooms in their houses and camping space for tents on their lawns. One lady told me a friend is flying in from Brussels!


The path goes right over Ketchum, playground of the extreme upper edge of the 1%.  Only place to fly in is a small airport in Hailey, which is gonna be bulging with private jets. 

Another hindrance I forgot to mention is that the whole of the upper Wood River valley is very smoky, due to forest fires farther north and west.  Her visibility is often down to 1/2 mile from her north-facing windows.
  

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Aaron,

The eclipse is an interesting natural phenomenon, and I might make pinhole box to view it, but it's not going to be total here, so I doubt I'd see the corona with glasses. I've watched several eclipses with interest. I love watching the grandeur, power, and quirkiness of nature.  But I'm not going to drive 500 miles and wade through throngs of eclipse watchers to see a total eclipse.

What gets me is just how silly some people can be.  On the news last night a young couple who had flown here from Australia were interviewed. Talked like they'd taken one too many acid trips.  The gal was all bubbly about the eclipse... "It's like a Unity thing, the sun and the moon getting together" as she goes all dreamy-eyed.

I'm not flying across the globe to watch a total eclipse - I'd rather spend my money on a nice Stevens 44 or a Hepburn  Roll Eyes
  
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Eclipcticphools  is what they are.

We are north of the totality line, but the coverage will be around 98%.  We were on the fringes of an eclipse about 1980 give or take a year or so.  Maybe the combined gravitational pull of the sun and moon working together will pull the cork on Mount Hood as the eclipse line passes over Portland. Mount St.Helen blew her top in June of 1980.  I wonder if that was when the eclipse was.

Maybe I can get a new line of ecliptical paranoia going here!!

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Having witnessed a couple of eclipses: indeed they are interesting but
I found the occlusion of the sun from St. Helens ash at least as interesting and
a bit more threatening as we didn't know when it was  going to go away.
Reddish glow; dead quiet except for the sand raining down.
  
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George, That one was 1978. Just saw an article about what a zoo it was in SE Washington. Seattle was overcast so the sky just darkened and The street lights came on Cheesy

High tides are thought to be a factor in earth quakes. Good point about the combined edge of the sun and moon.
  

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Having witnessed a couple of eclipses: indeed they are interesting but
I found the occlusion of the sun from St. Helens ash at least as interesting and
a bit more threatening as we didn't know when it was going to go away.
Reddish glow; dead quiet except for the sand raining down.


A lot tougher on people and vehicles/equipment than an eclipse of the sun too!
  

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A quick glance at the tide tables. It isn't any more extreme than the July high.

  

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Just got off the phone with my Bellevue friend.  We were vamping on the volume of.....aaaah.......poo that will be added to the environment.  Not nearly enough public restrooms.  Visualizing rafts of porta-potties being flown in by cargo helicopters....or heaved out the back of C-130s on parachutes.   

Think about it - we guesstimated 70 TONS of additional poo per day.   Shocked   Didn't want to even think about the volume of disposable diapers. 

Then she got on dogs.  Estimated 15 tons of DOG poo per diem. 
  

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Ain't it great!  And they, like all good warm, fuzzy, and zen-full people, will leave the mess behind for someone else to clean up.   But after all, don't we owe it to them?

I'm just staying home.  Too bad the shooting light will be gone for a couple of hours Monday.

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I wouldn't drive any distance to see it or get caught up in a raft of hippies, but I will journey to my front yard with my buck eclipse glasses and take a look. I agree with you on the awesomeness of these things. Why wouldn't anyone take a peek?

Phil, you must have a lot of time on your hands to compute these things. Here's a pic of some folks at the dog park checking out the same subject. Rebel, not responsible for it, seems interested too.
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Joe (Westerner) will be right in the thick of it.  He's at Arco.  Wonder where Joe is?  Undecided  Maybe cashing a month's worth of survival gear to be on the safe side.  If there is a fuel shortage, he might not be able to get out to matches  Cry++
  

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Having witnessed a couple of eclipses: indeed they are interesting but
I found the occlusion of the sun from St. Helens ash at least as interesting and
a bit more threatening as we didn't know when it was going to go away.
Reddish glow; dead quiet except for the sand raining down.


The St. Helens ash clouds were interesting, and the cousins got mailed packages of St. Helens ash that fell on our place.
Was listening to the radio last night while a fella was discussing plate tectonic activities that had occurred and/or increased in particular global regions that had been previously occluded.
He was saying that St. Helens had been dormant for thousands of years, and then couple of years following a partial occlusion, the volcano became active again. Seems that the big Madrid quake in the Midwest during the early 1800's occurred not too long after an occlusion.
He went on to say that the upcoming occlusion will pass over the Cascadia Subduction Zone and part of the northern San Andreas Fault zone, over the Yellowstone Caldera, over the Madrid Fault zone, and over a couple other areas in the eastern U.S.
No guarantee anything will happen, but the info he had collected and talked about was interesting.
  

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BP, Maybe nothing will happen, but then the western US may disappear!  Undecided  A coordinated Cascadia quake and Yellowstone Caldera event would be really spectacular.   

Meanwhile, there is a 30 mile eclipse backup in Prineville, Oregon
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Woo-Hoo!    Gonna be just like Woodstock!     Shocked
  

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Woodstock on steroids  Grin  It was only a few hundred acres.  This is shaping up to be 60 mile wide swath across the continent.  Shocked
  

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Well the news is hyping it enough to ensure mass hysteria. And local businesses are investing in enough tourist junk art in hopes of cashing in big time on the event. Going to be some pretty upset entrepreneurs if their plans to cash in don't pay off!
They may have missed another opportunity to make cash by not offering eclipse doggie poo bags!
  

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My brother told me last night there are a lot of people in La Grande with out of state plates.  They may not have cash for souvenirs.  A couple of guys were parked in the shade at the bank with the doors wide open trying to sleep in 90 degree heat.
  

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I have only a few tickets left for the Heaven's Gate spaceship, it's just went into low orbit around Earth.  The view of the solar eclipse is fantastic from space.  You can charge it on your credit or debit card or directly from your bank account.  We'll pick everyone up at their house so you won't have to sleep in a tent or your car. First-class passengers will get private cots.  So no one gets space-sick you can take the meds in Apple(white) sauce or pudding, and wash it down with our special - Jim Jones Kool-Aid.  Everyone will get a NASSA-approved tinted plastic bag to slip over their head so the solar glare doesn't damage your eyes.  And, if you call in the next five minutes you'll get the second ticket FREE.  Just pay separate shipping and handling.  Log on to the Heaven's Gate website NOW, the first 50 people will be automatically upgraded to a suite - with a private balcony. Roll Eyes
  
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"Solar eclipse traffic on I-25, I-70 could be as bad as 6 Broncos games letting out at once"

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Yesterday morning the news here was interviewing businesses at the Oregon Coast. The Chinook Winds Indian casino was crying the blues about having 30 some empty rooms! Mo's restaurant said their business was down 50% from even a normal summer weekend!
They were guessing that all the hype of tourist traffic, and morning fog scared people from coming to the Coast, and thus the low attendance. They were begging people to come down and spend money!!
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Live views from Wieser and other areas did not look like they were up to expectations either.  The 30 mile back up at Prineville must have spooked 'em.
  

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You are right in the thick of it Joe  Cheesy
  

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Lots of yelling and oohing and awing and applause from the fair grounds just a block away when it went total. Spectacular but just for a very short time.


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I could have gone to Nashville, but blew it off figuring they'd be clouded out.   NOT!    (But of course if I HAD gone, they would have been....)

Clear here in SE Ohio, as of 2:00 PM local the sun is 1/4 covered. Not going to be total here, only 96%.   If I can stay alive until 2024, there will be a better chance.   In 2099 one goes right over my house, but I won't see it.

  

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99% here at our house, but never got close to darkness. Looked dusky, and colder. Amazing what 1% sunlight can do to illuminate the earth!
The big surprise was at almost full eclipse, there were shadows dancing across the ground in weird patterns! Never expected that!
  

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3:00 PM local, well past greatest coverage, clouds moving in. Radar shows pop-up thunderstorms forming to the west. At least I saw a little.
  

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We got a clear shot at 2:51PM about 87%.
Boring. Better on TV, just like the Daytona 500. Hope I'm around in 2024, maybe that one will be more interesting.
It was a little cooler so I used the time to start the Corvair and warm her up.
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We had  about 98% coverage here in Salmon.  Interesting, but not really a big deal.  Didn't really get dark at all, but that is normal.  It did cool down some though as the sun was blocked by the moon.  Highway 93 was a continuous line of traffic headed south this morning.  By 1PM it was a continuous line headed back north.  Wonder what the next media event will be?

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Report from Bellevue - the hordes never materialized at all.  Traffic southbound on 75 this afternoon was typical weekday rush hour.  Businesses must be sitting on truckloads of unsold merchandise.   Cry
  

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"Return your solar eclipse glasses and cancel your sun-watching parties, America. According to The Atlantic, Monday's predicted total solar eclipse is, it turns out, racist.

At first glance, the headline, "American Blackout" appears to be an attempt to one-up the Boston Globe, who claimed that the sun, dastardly conservative that it is, was biased towards Trump supporters, since the swath of the country that will witness 100% coverage, is made up, mainly, of counties that went for Trump in the 2016 election.

But no, the essay, penned, unsurprisingly, by a university professor Alice Ristroph of Brooklyn Law School insists that the solar system, which itself exhibits signs of "implicit bias," has it out for minorities.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people. Presumably, this is not explained by the implicit bias of the solar system.

I think we can safely presume, yes, that the solar system is not capable of exhibiting either implicit nor explicit biases or, frankly, any preferences whatsoever. But of course, that doesn't mean the solar system itself isn't guilty of, say, "inanimate object privilege.""


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Boy Howdy! We had idiots everywhere, traffic on the two lane roads was miserable, almost as bad on the two track roads - from all walks and even far away lands.  Had to turn off the southbound highway twenty miles north of the area reaching totality! 
My son and I did a study of how this dark in the middle of the day affected the prairie dog - Smiley
Our chosen area for this study-the alternate area - because of the crowds didn't reach total darkness but it was close,  I don't think it was because of the noise our weapons made, but when it got dark and the temp dropped 30 degrees, they all went down their holes and it was almost a 20 minute wait before they showed themselves again, they were confused and from then on we consumed most of the ammo we had.  We're suffering tonight from eye strain, finger cramps, sunburn and shoulder pain from this workout.  Grin
  

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I like this one.


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Well the great eclipse event is over. From my vantage point in Wisconsin with an 85% display it was truly underwhelming. Can't help but think that somehow Geraldo Rivera was involved.
  
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Funny how the eclipse dominated the news for such a long time, and then nothing a couple days later. The media can sure control what some people do or think!!!
  

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The media can sure control what some people do or think!!!


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It is a service that they are providing to the lefties in hopes of being on the "in" when the Socialists take control of our country.
  
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jy3855 wrote on Aug 29th, 2017 at 8:43pm:
marlinguy wrote on Aug 29th, 2017 at 3:47pm:
The media can sure control what some people do or think!!!


Vall,

It is a service that they are providing to the lefties in hopes of being on the "in" when the Socialists take control of our country.


And I think in this case of the eclipse it was a service they over provided to businesses hoping to cash in on gullible tourists!
  

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The 20,000 to 60,000 didn't show for the Wieser, ID festival.  Vendors had to settle for about 1200.  No traffic jam, just an average day.  Looks like central Oregon was the only traffic kaos I heard about.

All the campgrounds along I 84 were sold out, but they would be sold out or close to it on any August weekend  Roll Eyes
  

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