2021 August

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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[The Everly Brothers] Isaac Donald “Don” Everly of The Everly Brothers has died aged 84 in Nashville, Tennesse. The cause of death was not disclosed. The singer’s death on Saturday comes seven years after the death of his brother Phil, with whom he formed the influential rock ‘n’ roll duo. They first found Billboard success in the 1950s with hits such as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” and influenced a host of top talent.
[Covid] someone died in the Keys last week from the virus. Does anyone know if they were vaccinated?

[Baby Bat Talk] Both bats and humans test out talking as infants. Greater Sac-winged bat pups have their own version of baby talk. Link

[Defining Rich] I would like to be rich enough to be unhappy, but not rich enough to be miserable.  ~Michael Crichton


[VW] The genius of this 1960’s magazine ad will be lost on most.

[Warming Up] Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record. If people are denying COVID while others are dying all around them, climate change hasn’t got a prayer! Link
[Amazon vs Walmart] Twenty-six years after Amazon sold its first book, it surpassed Walmart in total sales. The value of all things sold on Amazon, by it and its third-party sellers, surpassed $610 billion in the 12 months through June. Walmart on Tuesday reported $566 billion in sales over a similar period. A surge in online shopping driven by the pandemic accelerated the timeline for what many saw as an inevitable milestone. Even so, online sales still represent just 14 percent of overall retail spending
[Pfizer Fully Approves Vaccine] I wonder what the excuse will be now that the vaccine has full approval. Link
[Censors] Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. ~Orwell, 1984
[Tom T. Hall Dead] Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, died Friday at his Franklin Tennessee home. Born on May 25, 1936, in Olive Hill, Kentucky, Hall rose to the top of the country music world as both a performer and songwriter during a career that spanned six decades, and included such hits as “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” “I Love,” and “That’s How I Got to Memphis.”


The other day I went for a wonderful boat ride and, wouldn’t you know it, as I returned to my destination these storm clouds greeted me. Like the CT says: Paradise does not come easy.

Boundary Waters wilderness in Minnesota closed due to fire. This Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a rapidly growing wildfire rises in the background in northeastern Minnesota. U.S. Forest Service officials have warned home and cabin owners who fled a wildfire in northeastern Minnesota that the winds could shift this weekend, putting their properties in danger. Dozens of people got the warning at a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, evening in the small town of Finland, where officials gave them the latest about the Greenwood Lake fire and their strategy for trying to stop it. Link


Odors are the strongest memory triggers experienced by humans.

[Crooks] The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted three men who operated labor-staffing companies in Florida and Key West on charges of conspiracy to harbor non-resident aliens and induce them to remain in the country and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Link


Finally, realistic mannequins for men’s fashion.

I took this photo of a cute little girl at the Butterfly house on Duval St last week. You should visit it. The bugs put a smile on everyone’s face. There are all kinds of birds flying around in there.

[Giant Emerald Found] A boulder containing a cluster of 2.5 million carats in star sapphires was unearthed by workmen digging a well on the island of Sri Lanka, a country which, like a diamond, belittles its size in terms of richness. Colored pale blue, the find has been given the name the ‘Serendipity Sapphire’, and could be worth $140 million on the international market, pending inspections and certification by world experts. Link

This alligator’s foot looks like a dragon’s. There are two big gators at the Blue Hole these days. i hope they don’t remove them like they usually do.