Friday, December 2, 2022

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[Wasting Money] The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are moving ahead with a project on Big Pine Key. This project will cost $1,000,000 and there is no reason to believe it will have any real environmental benefit.

It will remove five roads that were that were installed during the platting of the Pine Key Acres development in 1973 and a road installed by USFWS in 2007 (Lime Lane). The original roads are very thin layers of fill, and do not impede the flow of water very much. The project is stated to “add benefits of flood protection for residents and greater resilience against sea level rise”. It will not accomplish either of these things. It will however cause the continuing loss of native vegetation, substantial traffic disruption, and the permanent loss of one million dollars, that could be better spent on projects that would actually contribute to resilience against sea level rise.

Sea level has risen more than five inches since these roads were installed. Most of them were completely under water for more than the last three months. Part of the plan is to clear more native vegetation to put in a new road on the east side of the project. In case no one noticed it, we have had the longest stretch of high tides in history recently, and there is no question that sea level rise at a much faster rate than ever before.

Digging trenches through roads to connect with salt water might not be the best move at this point. Salt water comes right up to the western edge of Key Deer Blvd. many times a year. High tides come up to the north side of Watson Blvd. Who is the hydrologist that came up with this plan? What will be the effect of the five-foot-deep trenches on the south side of Watson Blvd. and the west side of Key Deer Blvd that were dug during the installation of the sewer lines.

Some times leaving things alone is the best plan

[Revisionist School Books] History is what people are trying to hide from you, not what they are trying to show you. The recent spat of book burnings was political and not educational. Parents, leave your politics at home.
When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, some of the training of the astronauts took place on a Navajo reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question that his son translated. “What are these guys in the big suits doing?” A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon. The old man got all excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity, the NASA folks found a tape recorder.

After the old man recorded his message, they asked his son to translate it. He refused. The NASA PR people brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed, but refused to translate the elder’s message. Finally, the NASA crew called in an official government translator. His translation of the old man’s message was: “Watch out for these guys; they have come to steal your land.”

[Crooks] Yesterday a scammer pretending to be PayPal attempted to enter my online bank. I cut him off before he could get any info. Today my computer  froze. “Call us & DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER! ” This has happened to me before so I hit OFF,  then back on. Works fine.
[What’s New] Greatest innovations of 2022. The 35th annual Best of What’s New awards. Link
[Railroad Vine] Last night, at 2am, I posted some misinformation about Railroad Vine. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I realized that it is actually Bay Bean (another vine often found near RR vine at the beach) that is the Faithful Beauty moth host. The Fisherman’s Hospital vine is still Railroad Vine, however. The vine at Fisherman’s Hospital appears to be a native called Railroad vine. It has beautiful reddish/pink flowers and is fast-growing. It happens to be one of the hosts of the Faithful Beauty moth.
Very strange deaths from history. Very weird. Link
[Volunteers Needed] United Way’s free tax preparation program for households with limited incomes in Collier and Monroe counties. After free, virtual training and passing the online IRS certification, volunteers have the flexibility to work remotely or in-person, with oversight and assistance from the VITA Program Coordinator. Volunteers help fellow residents maximize their tax return so they are better able to provide for their families, thereby making our community more affordable.  Bilingual volunteers are especially appreciated. or 305-563-1470

Deer Ed, Still using GoDaddy I see. Their old commercial is all I could think about: Go Daddy Perfect Match Bar Refaeli kissing Jesse Heiman Super Bowl 2013 commercial. Video
The AARP December calendar of events is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events

What human and octopus brains have in common. Humans and the incredibly smart cephalopods share a common ancestor 600 million years back on the evolutionary tree. Link

[Friday Joke] An old woman is riding in an elevator in a very lavish New York City building when a young and beautiful woman gets into the elevator, smelling of expensive perfume. She turns to the old woman and says arrogantly, “Romance” by Ralph Lauren, $150 an ounce.” Then another young and beautiful woman gets on the elevator; and also very arrogantly turns to the old woman saying, “Chanel No. 5. $200 an ounce.“ About three floors later, the old woman has reached her destination and is about to get off the elevator. Before she leaves. she looks both beautiful women in the eye then bends over, farts and says, “Broccoli, 49 cents a pound.”
[Old People Phone Tip] Most young people are at the age where they are using their phones to document the good times in their lives. I am at the age where I use my phone to take pictures of labels or menus that I can’t read and then use my phone to enlarge the photo so that I can read it.
[“Socialism would take your freedoms?”] Capitalism stole your pension, took your savings, sent your jobs overseas, robbed you of health care, dismantled the educational system, and put you in debt, leaving you only your racism, xenophobia, hate and guns. Why were you so worried?

[Death Stair] Some architects should be shot. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

[The Wall (no, the other one)] Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall. West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall. Link
[Halogen Headlights] Are automobile headlights getting brighter, or am I just getting old? Halogen, HID, LED – what are the lighting differences? Link
[Time] I’m so busy doing what I must do that I don’t have time for what I ought to do … and I never get a chance to do what I want to do!  ~Robert A. Heinlein
[Food Prices] I did not realize how high prices for things have gotten until I went shopping with my owner! She took me to the food market for the weeks’ groceries and I almost snapped at their brothel prices. It is cheaper to eat out at a fast food place. $3.78 for a quart of freaking non-fat milk which is 80% diluted. $4.99 for a 6-pack of hot dogs. Are you crazy?
While cleaning out my medicine cabinet. I find a COVID test kit–Made in China!
[Undeserved Pride] Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not  ~John Lennon
They tell kids how great they are so they feel good and the kids believe them. But how are they going to feel when they find out that their ‘art’ is crap? It’s the same as giving all child contestants a prize.
[“Socialism would take your freedoms?”] Most Americans don’t understand the difference between Socialism and Communism. They both stink, but there is a vast difference.


[Equal Opportunity Hater] I actually hate liars, thieves and hypocrites. The rest, I just don’t like.

[Internet Crooks] We’ve got some of the highest internet rates because Xfinity charges about $40 in add-on fees. That’s the most add-ons of any provider.
Advertising is everywhere. I’m totally fed up with the bombardment from everywhere. Streaming services I paid for now sneak them in. Websites lately have popup videos further disturbing my enjoyment. I’m mad as hell, but I’m going to take it like all good sheeple.
[“Specialty contractors nixed”] That is against the US Constitution where any person can earn a living with their particular skill and not be held captive by corporate monsters controlling sales and dispersion of work.

[Speeding Towards Nirvana] Thai temple left empty after monks fail drug tests. Four monks including an abbot tested positive for methamphetamine. Link

[Captain Doom and Gloom] People sue for any reason today. It is a worldwide business to find a person with a problem and sue for fortunes to “ease their pain and suffering”. It works this way; people are told they can get even and make millions just by letting a lawyer manipulate the stage show called the judicial system. Who benefits? The person filing the suit usually gets 50% or less of the reward, minus fees, taxes, and other tacked on charges. The lawyers get 50% or more then “pay” his court buddies their share! Stinks huh?
Ever notice you hardly read about countersuits or reduced payouts, or cases thrown out. Why? because it is bad publicity for lawyers to get losses. It’s a whore’s world out there.


Playing rock, paper, scissors.

[Babies Need Contact] a deprivation experiment allegedly carried out by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century saw young infants deprived of human interaction in an attempt to determine if there was a natural language that they might demonstrate once their voices matured. It is claimed he was seeking to discover what language would have been imparted into Adam and Eve by God. Legend has it that all 6 infants died. Link

Deer Editor
,  I’m glad to hear that you figured out your IT issue. The number of pictures stored and the 30,000 you deleted is proof of how hard you’ve worked over the many years to make this a wonderful site. Thank you for all your hard work.

[“Specialty contractors nixed”] They are cancelling those licenses because so many carpenters think they can build who houses or add-ons with their specialty licenses. This Bill will effectively shut down a whole lot of one-man businesses. Instead of enforcing and policing those small businesses they are putting them out of business.  The small guy gets screwed again. Fascism is when government chips away at your rights little by little. Just look at Italy’s new Fascist Prime Minister, already she’s banned the young people’s dance parties called ‘Raves’ and gateherings of 20 or more young people.
[Friday Joke] One day, Einstein has to speak at an important science conference. 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.”
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