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Bird flu virus traces detected in 1 in 5 pasteurized cow milk samples. H5N1 has been detected in 33 herds in six states. Link

[“Americans don’t want to pick tomatoes”] I don’t know for sure, but I would guess that the majority of people who read this site are probably in the fifty to seventy age bracket.  This brings me to the purpose of my post. An individual post today, 26 April, condemning Americans for not doing farm labor. For 22 years I’ve done landscaping in the lower Keys. I’m 81 years old. I’ve hired and fired everyone who ever applied to work for me from ages 20 to 40. Most are lazy. They don’t have cars and want you to pick them up and take them home. 3 people quit when I told them their phone stays in my truck while they are working, Which normally is on the last 30 minutes? Sometimes forty-five. If you think for one minute, that these people are going to be out in that sun for 8 hours a day picking tomatoes for $15 an hour you’re delusional. I’ll bet you couldn’t last 4 hrs. Your entire body, including your head and face and arms and hands have to be clothed or you’ll burn up in the sun. I think you’re going to downplay this and say you’re only joking. Because that’s usually what people say when you catch them saying something really stupid.
[“Deer poster re: 3D printed house”] How does your brain work to drop in the comment about slavery in your post about 3D printers? Actually, slavery should have not been tolerated let alone “was never meant to be stopped”. Perhaps you are a fan of human trafficking and holding others against their will. I’m happy I’m not and don’t think I’m superior to those who have more pigment cells in their skin than I do.
[Sick Society] I never thought I’d see the day when prestigious colleges and universities would be supporting a terrorist organization.
[?] I was very embarrassed when my wife and I went to lunch to our favorite restaurant in Key West, when our friendly waitress said, “I guess you’re glad to see me, huh?”. I just had a shot of testosterone and it reacted violently. The problem was, I didn’t feel a thing! Scary and very disappointing.

[Fancy Butt] There is a right way and a wrong way to carry your beige colored neck pillow through the airport.
Americans have grown dangerously reliant on technology. Our adversaries understand this vulnerability, realizing they could effectively cripple us simply by targeting our electrical grid.
[“Americans losing jobs to immigrants”] You say white Americans are losing their jobs to immigrants. No. America has a long history of letting others do the dirty work that White Anglo-Saxon Protestants — WASP’s don’t want to do. Here are some historic examples:
• 1600s: Indentured servants were brought from England to work in the fields. They were guaranteed passage into the colonies in exchange for their labor.
• 1650s-1800s: When indentured servants weren’t providing enough labor, African people were brought to the U.S. as slaves to work in the fields and as domestic servants.
• After 1848: Following the end of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), tens of thousands of migrant workers from Mexico began arriving in the United States. In many cases, they freely moved across the border.
• 1860s-1930s: Farming became a large-scale industry. The U.S. began importing Asian labor as African Americans moved into other industries and as the need for labor increased. By 1886, 7 out of every 8 farm workers were Chinese. Japanese and Filipino workers were also brought into the country.
• 1914-1918: During World War I, migration to the U.S. from Europe declined, increasing the demand for Mexican labor to fill the void. During this period, growers lobbied to create the first guest worker program, allowing more than 70,000 Mexican workers into the U.S. The program ended in 1921.
• Early 1930s: Filipino workers started to organize, and Mexican workers were brought into the fields as farm workers.
• 1942-1964: Due to labor shortages because of WWil, the government started the Bracero Program. This program imported temporary laborers from Mexico to work in the fields and on railroads. The program was also seen as a complement to efforts against undocumented workers, or programs of deportation (such as Operation Wetback).
• 1943: sugar cane growers in FL obtained permission to hire Caribbean workers to cut sugar cane on temporary visas.
• 1952: Temporary guest worker visa program was made an official law as part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

[Stupid Social Media] Taylor Swift is a CIA operative?

[Speed Bump] A big thank you to the person with enough pull to get the atrocious speed hump removed from County Road. It was so bad it could have torn out your car’s under carriage at any speed. Thanks again for seeing this corrected and even the sign is gone too. Government working for us for a change.
[EV Battery] This is a Tesla model Y battery. It takes up all of the space under the passenger compartment of the car. To manufacture it you need:
12 tons of rock for Lithium (can also be extracted from sea water)
5 tons of cobalt minerals (Most cobalt is made as a byproduct of processing copper and nickel ores. It is the most difficult and expensive material to obtain for a battery.)
3 tons nickel ore
12 tons of copper ore
[Is the AI Bubble Deflating] Sometimes booms go bust. That may be happening with artificial intelligence. “There’s growing evidence that the hype machine is slowing down,” said The Washington Post. AI is “yet to upend the way people work and communicate.” And profits are seemingly elusive, partly because AI “remains hugely expensive to build and run.”
[Book Smart] I have been a certified SCUBA diver for 46 years, basic PADI (they don’t issue that anymore). I’ve been out with master divers, rescue divers, cave divers, etc. Some have not a clue, no flag, no hand signals, trying to take protected species. Even those that are not so stupid like architects, lawyers, etc. Guess you can buy yourself a certification. Sad.
The May AARP calendar of activities is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events, AARP
[Don’t Count On Streaming] Why you shouldn’t throw out those DVDs and Blu-Rays. You might think physical media is obsolete. It’s possible to watch basically anything on streaming sites at this point. Best Buy is ending DVD and Blu-ray sales and so is Target. Many people no longer have Blu-ray or DVD players plugged into their TVs, assuming they even watch things on a TV at all. It’s understandable, given all this, that you might be eyeing your shelf full of physical media and wonder whether it’s time to throw it all out. Not! Link
Grammy winners, top songwriters to star in Key West Festival. Several dozen shows featuring more than 225 top performing songwriters, including multi-platinum hit maker Cole Swindell, await music lovers during the 28th annual Key West Songwriters Festival scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, May 1-5.
[Submarine Car] A Key West man spent the night in jail after driving his car off the road — and into the Atlantic Ocean — Sunday morning, according to police. Police officers jumped into the water “without hesitation” and saved 41-year-old Michael Lee Grimes by breaking the windows of his black Dodge Challenger as it floated off Simonton Beach and began filling up with water. Link
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Apple must open iPadOS to sideloading within 6 months, EU says. iPads must comply with the same DMA regulations as the iPhone. Link
[Big Big Tree] We can now hear one of the largest and most ancient living organisms on Earth whisper with the tremble of a million leaves echoing through its roots. The forest made of a single tree known as Pando (“I spread” in Latin) has 47,000 stems (all with the same DNA) sprouting from a shared root system over 100 acres of Utah. Link

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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 4/30/24 at 7:53 am.