2024 January

Friday, January 26, 2024

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General Custer was a dedicated hunter, he traveled with greyhounds wherever he went, and it was said that he took better care of his dogs than he did his men. In 1867, he ordered his troops to shoot deserters from his company. Five men were wounded, and Custer refused them medical aid. One subsequently died. Even for the army, this was too much. In July 1867, he was arrested, court-martialed, and suspended for a year. But he was a favorite of the generals, and he was back ten months later at Phil Sheridan’s insistence, this time fighting the Indians along the Washita, in the Oklahoma Territory. Custer led the 7th Cavalry against Black Kettle. His instructions were clear: to kill as many Indians as possible. General Sherman himself had said: “The more we can kill this year, the less will have to be killed the next year for the more I see of these Indians the more I am convinced they will all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers.”

The Doomsday Clock reveals how close we are to total annihilation. Video

[Friday Joke] I’d just come out of the sandwich shop with a roast beef sandwich, large chips, ear of corn and a jumbo sausage. A poor homeless man sat there and said, ‘I’ve not eaten for two days.’ I told him, ‘I wish I had your will power.’

A great mystery of life is why kamikaze pilots wore helmets?

[Critter Vision] How animals see the world, according to a new camera system. The reconstructed video incorporates UV light that is invisible to humans. Link

[Scanning Money] Starting in 1996 the government started adding a pattern on paper money that most modern photocopiers and scanners can’t catch. This pattern makes it impossible to copy. Graphics programs like Photoshop also can detect money images and won’t open the files.
[Space Station Module Prototype] Sierra Space’s inflatable Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) modules meant to one day house astronauts orbiting Earth keep exploding—just as intended, and better than expected. Link
[Icon of the Seas] Monster cruise ship with 20 decks and more than a quarter mile long! It’s so big it has 4 neighborhoods. Link   Video
[Friday Joke] A fat girl served me in McDonald’s at lunchtime. She said, ‘sorry about the wait’. I said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll find a way to lose it eventually’.
[Knees] When older people say, “Enjoy them while they are young .” They are talking about your knees and hips not your kids
[Stroke] I’ve told you this before, but it bears repeating. Once you gentlemen reach a certain age, it’s time to leave those younger women alone and find yourself a nice older companion that can recognize the signs of a stroke. The life you save may be your own.

Lessons in Chemistry has been on the NY Times best seller list for 59 weeks. What a fun book and very different. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

[Eyesore] The new town KW house with a huge city water pump out front is for sale again.  (No address, but most know its location).   Every time I walk or bike or drive I see this monstrosity.  I wonder with sea level rise, if we will start seeing more and more of these properties in combination with road raising for sale.


Beer can do miracles.

Paramount streaming is in trouble. One reason I found is that the popular reality show Bar Rescue has 14 ads between segments—14! Who wants to wait around all that time? so I switch channels when their ads come on.
[Free Movie] (Also free on Amazon Prime) George Orwell 1984. 1984 is a dystopian drama film written and directed by Michael Radford, based upon George Orwell’s 1949 novel of the same name. Starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, and Cyril Cusack, the film follows the life of Winston Smith (Hurt), a low-ranking civil servant in a war-torn London ruled by Oceania, a totalitarian superstate. Smith struggles to maintain his sanity and his grip on reality as the regime’s overwhelming power and influence persecutes individualism and individual thinking on both a political and personal level. Video

Computer Club Meeting this Saturday
Jan. 27 at 10;30 a.m. at the Community Center in Big Pine Plaza. Topics to be discussed:
~Should we be using Duck Duck Go?
~Is TEMU safe
~And whatever is giving you problems with your phone or computer
Apple’s electric vehicle delayed at least four more years. A new report indicates an Apple car won’t arrive until at least 2028, despite a decade of development costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Link


Young Mitchy McConnell?

[Friday Joke] A man went to the barber for a shave. While the barber was foaming him up, he mentioned the problems he had getting a close shave around his cheeks. The barber took out a small wooden ball and told him to place it between his cheek and gum. The customer asked, “But what if I swallow it?” The barber replied, “No problem, just bring it back in a couple of days like everyone else does.”

I got my hip replaced at 39. Here’s why that might get more common. Turns out, I’m hip to a new trend. Link
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[Death Threat] Election cybersecurity director was a victim of a ‘swatting’ attack in her home. Jen Easterly was the target of a dangerous, sometimes deadly harassment tactic last month. Link
I hate all this terrorist business and their bombs. I used to love the days when you could look at an unattended bag on a train or bus and think to yourself, ‘I’m going to take that.’
[Friday Joke] A man in a hot air balloon is lost over Iowa. He looks down and sees a farmer in the fields and shouts to him, ‘where am I?’ The farmer looks back up and shouts back, ‘you’re in a basket you dumb shit!’
[Hurricane Evacuation] Release ROGO/BPAS permits, then wait until the first major evacuation.  A few accidents during this time, overseas highway closed, bumper-to-bumper traffic jam.  Bump up evacuation times at least double for contingencies. Forget, human safety, it’s all about the greenbacks.
I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.
NFLer Kylie Kelce’s antics for all to see. Jumping into fan pit, drinking shots out of a bowling ball, stripping half naked in -20 degree weather. This man as a role model for kids everywhere belongs on lower Duval Street after midnight with the  other knuckleheads role models.
[Immigration] The best thing Congress could do for our country is to pass the immigration bill. It’s what both sides want. Why won’t they pass it and stop this awful problem on our southern border. Isn’t our country worth more than anything?
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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 1/26/24 at 7:59 am.