2022 March

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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[Oscar Slap] Will Smith causing such a scene at the Oscars was bad judgement and too “Hollywood”. Smith knew that 15.4 million people were watching. He should have waited until after the show and punched Chris Rock then. Mr Rock merely made a joke about Smith’s wife’s big flop of a movie GI Jane 2 not about her medical condition. It still would have made headlines but would have been more classy which is more like Will Smith. He blew it. Video
[Rubles to Gold] The Russian central bank pegged 1 gram of gold to 5000 Rubles (currently, about 50 bucks). At the same time, Putin made it so that Russian gas and oil can only be purchased in Rubles. Meaning Putin basically just pegged Russian oil and gas to gold, using paper rubles as a proxy. Europe will need to either buy Rubles from Putin in gold, in order to buy gas and oil, or they will have to buy directly in gold. Which means, there will soon be a lot more demand for rubles. Currently, the Forex rate for rubles to dollars is about 100:1. But with 5000 rubles now equaling 1 gram of gold, and oil being priced directly in gold – you’re going to see a massive price disruption in these Forex markets, in terms of how much gold a dollar can actually still buy
I was looking at architecture and some of the building shapes are downright ugly. I don’t know why someone would pay for such a crappy look. They all want to be distinct, but your can be distinct and not be crappy. I’ve sat in on planning sessions where architects try to talk the money people into building something. They paint and ugly project in glowing terms and before the money people know it they are sold an ugly building. I’ve argued with architects over the fact that most of them build things because they can; not because their design will suite the location. Once something is built, we have to live with it for a hundred years. (A good example is those round houses on Cudjoe Key that are total out of harmony with that quiet neighborhood.)


Real Polish food from a Polish market in Bonita Springs, FL

[Speed Limit On 2-Lane Road] It looks like a hell of a lot of people need to attend driving school. The 45 MPH speed limit is just what it says. Not how fast you must go, but the fastest that the law allows you to go. No need to go right at 45, 35 or 40 is fine, just get over to the right side. The 45 MPH people can go 45. Maybe 46 / 47 if no one is looking. You will sit beside them at the next red light or stop sign.
[Aztec Art Supplies] The figures of the idols, in which those people believe, exceed in size the body of a large man. They are made of a mass of all the seeds and vegetables which they eat, ground up and mixed with one another, and kneaded with the hearts’ blood of human beings, whose breasts are opened when alive, the hearts being removed and, with the blood which comes out, is kneaded the flour, making the quantity necessary to construct a great statue. When these are finished the priests offer them more hearts, which have likewise been sacrificed, and besmear the faces with the blood.
[“Driving to slow”] It’s easy for snowbirds, sightseers or old people to tell us to go slow, but these folks don’t work and have all the time in the world.


Don’t try to peel-out if you have a heavy coffin in the back.

[Sound Library] They are creating a sound library of underwater life. I think it would be a good thing if they created a library of all living sounds so future generations could compare them for evolutionary changes.
[Sterilization of Imbeciles] The Supreme Court had ruled that the forced sterilization of “imbeciles” was constitutional. “It is better for all the world,” wrote the legendary jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr in his majority opinion. If instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.
[“Driving to slow”] I hope cops keep ticketing slow-pokes because in order to keep the flow of traffic moving we all drive 5 mph over the speed limit. This is excepted in the lower Keys and always has been.
[FTR] A contributor woofed last Friday that about a third of Americans earn less than $15 per hour.   Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? But if you look at the rest of the story you’ll see that since 2016 wages, especially low end wages, have risen dramatically. In a 2016 SLATE article, they reported that “42.4 percent of American workers currently make less than $15 an hour.”
Deer Friends, do just a little math and you’ll find that the number of Americans making less than $15 per hour has decreased by 20%!   Hot damn, that’s great news.  Hmm, how did that happen?
[People] Most people are a**holes and they know it. Don’t believe me? Next time you see a group of people, yell out, “Hey, asshole!” They’ll all turn and look.
[Howitzer] I was idly wondering who invented the howitzer, which is a cannon. I didn’t know that. I was pretty sure it was some guy named Howitz, but I was wrong. The name Howitzer comes from an old Chech word meaning a catapult that would fire many stones. The Howitzer was actually invented by a Royal Artillery officer named Henry Shrapnel. (And Krupps’ Big Bertha howitzer was named for his wife Bertha.)
[Coatal Cleanup] Join the Coastlove US1 Cleanup April 3rd BPK. Coastlove has adopted MM29-31 of US1 as part of Florida’s Adopt-a-Highway program. Please join the Big Pine Change Makers as we continue to Protect your Paradise on Sunday, April 3rd starting at 9:00. Space is limited so sign-up is required.  Click on the link to register. Thank you! Link


[Tuesday’s Golden Retriever] After I saw that animation, I told my wife I wanted to get rid of our awful cat and get a dog just like the one on the CT. Only a dog will give you unconditional love.

[500 Laps of Dead Silence] NASCAR considers racing electric cars. Not if, but when? Video


[Voyeurism] If you see this camera “hook” in a public bathroom or hotel, leave immediately and call police. Link

Man, I really liked the gif of that wagging Golden Retriever.  I’d like to have it on my phone, maybe as a screensaver or otherwise. It’s heartwarming. Was only able to copy the image. Maybe you could tell your readers how to get it going on their phones. Nice and calming for troubling times. Thanks (Editor: try this. Open the CT > long press the animation > download. The trick is to save it to your phone then you can set it as a screen saver or send it to others. Or ask YouTube.) Video

[Oscar Slap] You know this country lost its marbles when the headlines of the news leads with one knucklehead slapping another at the Oscar ceremony. We’ve got a war, illegals invading our country, and more
[“Driving too slow”] What a whiny lot. When I lived in Big Pine Key, before I moved to Spring Hill to care for my mother, If you had to go to Marathon, you had to turn right toward Key West and vice versa. You still do–there’s only one road. If you live in the beautiful Keys and have to rush everywhere, you’re doing it wrong. Move to Spring Hill or Hudson where everyone rides your rear bumper and takes the speed limit and stop signs as mere suggestions.


The Second Coming isn’t quite what I expected. I didn’t think He’d be in a Honda.

[“Slow drivers”] I hope to dog those posts that ripped into the 45 MPH speed topic were kidding about people going 40 MPH. I know the Keys are not like they used to be because of all the fruit loops that took over and drove out the real people. To read the input of this CT blog and take their views seriously is sickening.
[Bagel French Toast] Why is it that every time I invent a new recipe, someone has been there before? This time I thought it would be nice to have some French toast — but I don’t have any bread. Hmmm? There are some bagels in the freezer. Why not? And as usual people have already read my mind & posted recipes. Can hardly wait for breakfast time. My mouth is watering already.


Wide load.

Normal people think they’re right simply because there are more of them.


Rude monkey is upset that he is so ugly.

[Slow drivers] I can’t believe 5 mph under the 45 mph speed limit can cause so much angst. And these whiners like to talk about how laid back they Keys are. Relax people, like the editor says, paradise does not come easy.


Looe Key Marine Sanctuary buoy.