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Friday, March 3, 2023

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No Name Key plant. Is this the deadly plant whose name begins with a M (I think)?

I left the Keys 20 years ago and am very thankful I have The Coconut Telegraph twice a week for a little taste of what I miss. Love the recipe section that I discovered today. Is it new? Please don’t retire.

(Editor: Thank you for the nice words. The recipe section has always been there. I use it all the time. They are mostly my recipes as I didn’t have any place to keep them. Most are made using every day and cheap ingredients. That is my criteria for supper: cheap and common food.)

[China Takeover] In the near future China will employ millions of American workers and dominate thousands of small communities all over the United States. Chinese acquisition of US businesses set a new all-time record last year and it is on pace to shatter that record this year.
[AI] Ways ChatGPT is actually useful right now. Cheating on your essays isn’t one of them. Link
I just bought a smart watch, but I’m not smart enough to set the time on it. I just Googled it, and I have to pair it with my phone before I can set the time. That’s ridiculous. That’s stupid. I just want a watch that will give me the time . I don’t need it to count my steps or wake me up. Or take pictures. I ordered it because it is waterproof. I’m going to return it and get a regular, ordinary watch that I will take off before I go into the pool.
The March AARP calendar of activities is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events


Why camel cloning is big business in Dubai. Link

[Friday Joke] Why do the French eat snails?
They don’t like fast food.
I worry AI will be the end of real people on the internet. When we call a company all we’ll be able to get will be pretend people. We won’t like that when there ‘s no recourse when the machine can’t solve our problem. Some savvy company will bring back humans and that’s the company I’ll do business with. What’s more frustrating when engaging with AI is when they don’t have a checkbox that applies to your problem. What do you do then? Who do you call? Another AI?
[Friday Joke] Here’s how the scam works: Two very beautiful, college-age girls will come over to your car or truck as you are packing your purchases into your vehicle.  They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts.  (It’s impossible not to look).  When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say ‘No’ but instead ask for a ride to McDonald’s. You agree and they climb into the vehicle  On the way, they start undressing.  Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.

I had my wallet stolen February 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, again on the 17th, 20th, 24th, and the 28th  Also March 1st, 2nd, 8th, twice on the 9th &10th, and very likely again tomorrow and Wednesday.

So tell your friends to be careful.  What a horrible way to take advantage of us older men.  Warn your friends to be vigilant. Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each.  I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the Dollar Tree and bought them out in three of their stores. Also, you never get to eat at McDonald’s.  I’ve already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe’s, to Home Depot, to Wal-Mart.

So please, send this on to all the older men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30 in the afternoon.)


Canada has followed the US’s lead and banned TikTok from all government devices.

[Sherman In Florida]  In 1832 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. In 1836 he was ordered to the South to engage in what is well known as the Florida War. In the autumn of 1837, he fought and conquered in the memorable Battle of Okeechobee, one of the most desperate struggles known to the annals of Indian warfare. For this he was honored with the rank of Brigadier-General; and in 1838 was appointed to succeed General Jessup in command of the forces in Florida. In 1841 he was ordered to Fort Gibson to take command of the Second Military Department of the United States; and in September 1844, was directed to hold the troops between the Red River and the Sabine.

[No Shame Pathetic Bastard] Prince Harry is charging big bucks to watch his talks with his psychiatrist. Video
[Rape of Nanking] The Japanese butchered an estimated 150,000 male “war prisoners,” massacred an additional 50,000 male civilians, and raped at least 20,000 women and girls of all ages, many of whom were mutilated or killed in the process. By this sadistic act Japan inadvertently united China as one nation for 1st time. The Chinese burned buildings and fields and left nothing for the japs. They even pulled up the railroad tracks and rails.

[Smelly Crotch] Crotch blowouts and bobbly knits: how to save secondhand clothes from smells, stains and other surprises. It’s hard to pinpoint the moment secondhand clothing became more than a fad. Link

[Free Money With A Lot Of Strings] Between the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, Congress has approved more than half a trillion dollars in funding for clean energy, power grid upgrades, electric vehicle charging, public transportation, building efficiency, weatherization, flood protection, living shorelines and other climate-related infrastructure projects. South Florida, arguably ground zero for climate change in the country, could use a lot of that money. But tapping into it is complex and confusing.
“I’ve been working in this field for 20 years and I’m still overwhelmed by the number of notifications I get from the Department of Energy, from NOAA Fisheries, from [the Bureau of Land Management] on a daily basis of potential funding opportunities,” said Jillian Blanchard, an environmental lawyer “It’s really complicated.” Link
[The Rise Of China] Reasons why China is fast becoming the dominant power in the world.
They have a very low tolerance for crime. The death sentence is swiftly and routinely used for terrorists, murderers and drug traffickers.
Very low tolerance for Religion. They do not believe there is a Magic man in the sky. No such thing as a God. Almost no religious killings and getting rid of the Indigenous Chinese Muslim population as fast as they can.
They have not been involved in any expensive wars or invaded any country for the last seventy years.
Their primary weapon of choice to conquer the world is Finance and countries around the world are falling fast.
Not just the USA but all world is in trouble.


[Yummy] Here’s a dog who really appreciates treats.

[Jerk of the Week] Key West man charged in illegal dumping of 40 mattresses on Stock Island. Deputies arrested Michael Herrera, 40, on a felony charge of illegal dumping. Link
[Best Beaches List] Only one spot in the Florida Keys made this list of best beaches. Miami was snubbed. Sombrero Beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Marathon ranked No. 22 out of 25, according to Tripadvisor. Looks like Tripadvisor users have just discovered it: it’s new on this year’s list. Bahia Honda and Smathers Beach aren’t even mentioned. Link
Earwax contains multitudes of secrets about your health. Earwax is a defensive lubricant, filled with antibacterial and antifungal proteins that helps keep the ear healthy. As a rule of thumb, ear, nose, and throat doctors recommend not trying to clear out your earwax if it’s bothering you (please, put down those cotton swabs). But too much earwax can be a bad thing, and there are instances where earwax should be checked and removed by medical professionals. Link
[Explosive Luggage] FBI arrests Florida-bound man after airport security found explosive in his suitcase. A man who purchased a plane ticket to Orlando was arrested Monday night after authorities say they found an explosive inside his checked luggage at an airport in Pennsylvania. Link

This is called a cross sea. A cross sea is a sea state with two wave systems traveling at oblique angles.

[Wife Beater] Florida Keys firefighter arrested after deputies say she beat her wife outside a bar. Shelby Lynn Bosserman, 31, is also accused of slamming the woman’s face into the passenger side window of their car. Link
[Global Seed Vault] Buried in Arctic permafrost, the collection safeguards the world’s crop species – and is a magnet for conspiracy theories. Now the public can take a look around.
[Friday Joke] On the way there, he tells his driver that looks a bit like him: “I’m sick of all these conferences. I always say the same things over and over!” The driver agrees: “You’re right. As your driver, I attended all of them, and even though I don’t know anything about science, I could give the conference in your place.” “That’s a great idea!” says Einstein. “Let’s switch places then!”
So they switch clothes and as soon as they arrive, the driver dressed as Einstein goes on stage and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, dressed as the car driver, attends it. But in the crowd, there is one scientist who wants to impress everyone and thinks of a very difficult question to ask Einstein, hoping he won’t be able to respond. So this guy stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his very difficult question. The whole room goes silent, holding their breath, waiting for the response.
The driver looks at him, dead in the eye, and says, “Sir, your question is so easy to answer that I’m going to let my driver reply to it for me.”
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 3/3/23 at 7:52 am.