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Friday, June 16, 2023

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[No Wake] The idea of not welcoming boaters to our community is completely off base. I have no issue with airplane noise or boat traffic. The canal zone and this extends 100 yards from the shoreline is a No Wake Zone. No one wants a three-foot wake hitting their dock or property every time a boat comes in or goes out. The wake from a small skiff is smaller, but a large twin engine center console can do serious damage. We all share the water with kayaks, paddle boards and let’s not forget the manatee and sea turtles.
[Good Advice] Get born into a rich family.
The End
[Death For Peeer] The Key West business owner who shot and killed a man outside a local bar in the early morning hours after Super Bowl Sunday in February is now charged with first-degree murder. A grand jury made the decision Thursday, and also indicted Lloyd Preston Brewer III on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of the state’s concealed weapons law. The victim, 21-year-old Garret Hughes, was a popular former standout high school athlete who came from a well-known family in town and whose father is the Key West High School head football coach.
Security camera footage shows Hughes walking outside the bar, with no shirt on, and urinating on the wall.  Link
[What Happens If AI Grows Smarter Than Humans] The answer worries scientists. In 1993, computer scientist and sci-fi author Vernor Vinge predicted that within three decades, we would have the technology to create a form of intelligence that surpasses our own. “Shortly after, the human era will be ended,” Vinge said. As it happens, 30 years later, the idea of an artificially created entity that can surpass—or at least match—human capabilities is no longer the domain of speculators and authors. Ranks of AI researchers and tech investors are seeking what they call artificial general intelligence (AGI): an entity capable of human-level performance at all kinds of intellectual tasks. If humans produce a successful AGI, some researchers now believe, “the end of the human era” will no longer be a vague, distant possibility. Link

What does $2.6M in cocaine look like? See what federal agents seized on sailboat in Keys. Link

[Friday Joke] Because our new refrigerator was taller than our old one, I told my wife I’d have to cut away part of an overhanging cabinet to make it fit. Not wanting to mess it up, I called a local radio home-fix-it program for advice.  I was in the middle of getting the instructions when my wife burst into the room. “You won’t believe this!” she said, “But there’s a guy on the radio with the
same problem!”
I liked the message about the person complaining about enforcement of the law regarding no wake and speeding in canals and equating it to living near an airport and not liking plane traffic. What the poster fails to recognize is that his analogy falls short of the facts.
This once quiet neighborhood canal which once had a private and little used ramp has in recent years been usurped by the County. Now that the owners of the property, what was once Dolphin Marina, have closed access to their ramp The SR4A ramp has become the busiest ramp in the Lower Keys.
I can assure you that no one on the canal has a problem with visitors using the ramp and canal. The problem starts with visitors who ignore both the no wake rules and the 5 mile per hour speed limit. Add in boaters who ignore the County noise ordnance regarding allowable volume on with their music, it is getting quite uncomfortable to exist on your own property.
Daily damage is being done to property along the canal system. Even minor wakes erode the shoreline and damage vessels tied to docks. Some wear is unavoidable but the law is in place to minimize the damage.
These rules exist not only in the canals but also in open water within 100 yards of any developed shoreline weather marked or not.
The recent enforcement of the no wake rules and also enforcement of no parking on the bike path rules alongside of streets adjacent to the ramp are overdue.
We welcome you into the neighborhood, but please be courteous and follow the laws.
Hey all, I just found out I’m, “woke“. All this time, I just thought I was good at history.
[Big Pine Book Club] We will be meeting tomorrow,  Saturday, June 17th at the newly remodeled Big Pine Library at 10:00 am to discuss Charlotte’s Story by Charlotte Niedhauk.
The book for July 22nd is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.  Copies will be available on Saturday at the library. Full menu > Book Club
[Ships, Planes, Ports & Cargo Tracking] Track just about anything, anywhere. It started out as a means to track marine vessel traffic and now includes everything. Link
[No Name Key Boulders] We saw the police and ambulance and fire truck all going out to No Name Key over the weekend. Someone said a black truck ran headfirst at a high speed into the rocks at the end of No Name where the ferry used to dock. We checked out the gigantic coral rocks, and indeed, they were shattered. Any info on this?
[Politics] Dear Ed. For your consideration. How about a little experiment? Post my original submission, and your reply, to see what your readers think? I’m pretty sure they will agree with you, but only because of their political persuasion. Either way, I think you will agree, it would be interesting.
Monday, June 19, 2023, is Juneteenth, a day that remembers the full end of slavery in America and symbolizes freedom for all people. Celebrate this important day in our nation’s history by reflecting on the sacrifices and struggles of those who have fought for freedom and justice for all Americans throughout our nation’s short history
[Woman Jailed for Abortion] Ministers urged to relax abortion laws in Great Britain after woman jailed. Labour MP criticizes ‘chilling’ effect of legislation amid anger at sentence for termination outside time limit. Link
I don’t think quoting Fox News is political. I see it as a commentary on the “news” channel. I see at least three posts from a week ago at least as political as mine. In this country, pretty much everything can be considered political. Be it MSNBC or Fox, they both have agendas. Considering my justification for my post, I’m hoping you will reconsider where it belongs. It’s your site, so if you still think it’s a political post, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. (Ed: Sorry, but I don’t know what posts you are writing about. If you like, please send all the posts you question, and I’ll point out why I think they should be on the political page. FOX doesn’t fact check what it televises, as proven by their recent $787.5 million loss against Mr. Murdock for televising known lies to boost ratings. CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the BBC all have proven that they fact check stories before releasing them.)


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[Splenda] New study on Sucralose (Splenda’s sweetening chemical) discovers additional harmful effects. Not surprising since it tricks your brain into thinking something tastes sweet that is not. The quantity of sucralose in one diet soda exceeds the official toxic threshold.
But it does make a great fire ant killer!   No surprise since it was originally developed as an insecticide. But there is more money in sweeteners. Video
[New Community Center] Since I had to go to UPS, I went ahead to look at the new Center. In case you were wondering where it is, it’s next to UPS, which is opposite Winn Dixie. There were several workers so I asked if I might come in & look around. The room now has a spacious look, but it won’t when it’s filled with tables & chairs & freezers. The computers will probably go on the right wall up front, because that’s where the hookups are already in. {wi-fi, phone, etc.} I don’t like to see them in such an easy break and enter spot. But if they use our old ones, they are outdated & not in great demand. In the picture you can just see a bit of the framework around the door to what I expect will be the office. I’d prefer the electronics to be hidden there. Farther back are the bathrooms, which they were working on the day I was there. The man I talked to guessed they were about 2 weeks until opening. When they were starting, Jim Olsen told me “about the middle of June”.  That’s pretty much on schedule, especially since the work was delayed during the Library re-do

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[Privacy] How many of you have figured this out? I did years ago when I got computer-smart and learned how to find people. All any marketer has to do is have your name, or address and any other data, then punch it into their computer’s Google Earth link to see exactly where you live. Then they can tell what to send you advertising wise, propaganda wise and BS wise. They can find out all your tax records and banking too. Got a cell phone?  Ha, that is an open doorway to their keyboard. There’s no place to hide anymore. Sleep tight.


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How to manage anxiety in response to rejection. High rejection sensitivity can affect anyone, but you can learn to handle it. Link
[Cruise Ship Beds] Have you ever been on a cruise and slept like a baby, here’s why. Go through these links to see the best or the best and that they are available to purchase for your home. Link
[Friday Joke] The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”
The graduate with a Commerce degree asks, “How much will it cost?”
The graduate with an Arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 6/16/23 at 7:48 am.