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|[Personal Daily Positive Thoughts]
“I have the power to accomplish everything I set out to do today.”
“The Universe is always on my side.”
“I am full of potential.”
“My courage is stronger than my fear.”
“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”
“I radiate love in my life.”
Duval Street 1822
|[Shame On You] One year after the Capitol insurrection, the highest-ranking active-duty military officer charged in the attack continues to serve as a major in the Marines. Christopher John Warnagiris, who is accused of assaulting police and using his body to hold open doors that allowed other insurrectionists to enter the Capitol, is stationed at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, where is assigned to the training and education command.
The Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride will take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8, in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys
|I never thought I’d see Natural Selection occurring on the human species right before my eyes.
January 29, 2022 Book Lovers Club at the library, 10:00 am. The book, “The Last Mona Lisa” by Jonathan Santlofer, is available at the BPK library. An enthralling tale about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, the forgeries that appeared in its wake, and the present-day underbelly of the art world. Hope to see you there!
|[Propaganda] When you say the truth twice and someone else says “a lie” 1,000 times, it’s just human nature to think the lie might be true.
Register to vote, give money and time to good candidates if you don’t want to see your kids grow up in a dictatorship.
Is it me or does the air here in the Keys smell musty like old wood, or termite farts or is Big Bro spraying us again or is the real estate junta doing the dew? Whatever, something stinks in these sand dunes!
|[Courage] It takes a lot of courage for a man to admit that his wife is wrong.
|The KW Orchid Society meets Sunday, Jan. 16, 1 pm at W. Martello Gardens, White St. KW. Pres. Jay Pfahl will talk of his extended time in Columbia during the Covid shutdown. All attending receive a free ornamental plant; raffles, show & tell, and more. The public always welcome. For info firstname.lastname@example.org 305-619-8304
|[Murder in Stock Island] The owners and managers of a Stock Island marina agreed to pay $6 million to two families after a shooting in 2020 on the property that left one man dead, and another seriously injured. The issue behind the settlement was the level of safety at the marina. Two gunmen were able to enter the property because of a lack of security measures, the law firm said. Specifically, the gate was broken, the number of cameras was limited, the property was dark and there were no guards, despite a history of drug use and vagrancy on the property. Link
|[Overseas Highway] Have the Florida Keys outgrown the Overseas Highway? The Overseas Highway has seen increased traffic as more visitors make their way down to the Florida Keys. Now, some are questioning whether the archipelago has outgrown the highway. Video
|[Governmentium] Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of morons promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
|[Library Book Sale] January 22, 2022 (interesting date) Friends of the Big Pine Key Library Book Sale 9:00-2:00. Bring the books you plan to donate to the library before January 21. Volunteers are needed to help with the sale. Please. If you can volunteer, please respond at this link.
|[Postal Rate Increase] Send your packages today. Priority mail rate increases January 9th.
“Merengue” by local artist Will Fernandez (raku). ~Collections, Key West Gallery
|[Friday Joke] The teacher asked little Johnny if he knew his numbers.
“Yes,” he said. “My father taught me.”
“Good. What comes after three?”
“Four,” answered the boy.
“What comes after six?”
“Very good,” said the teacher. “Your dad did a good job. And what comes after 10?”
“Jack, Queen, King.”
|United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) continues to blaze the trail that supports the Florida Keys community and its investment in the marine environment. Following two coral restoration requests for proposals, marine science education grants, and an interactive online marine science resource guide, UWCK has opened its Marine Science Educational Advancement Scholarship for Monroe County residents pursuing marine science related studies.
Applicants may apply for scholarships to support marine science related certificates as well as associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees at state colleges and universities engaged in Florida Keys reef restoration efforts. Award amounts to $5,000 depend on application ranking, educational track, and other criteria. Link
[Mistaken Identity] Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.
|Napoleon’s body was removed in the afternoon out of the hall, into which the crowd rushed immediately. The linen which had been employed in the dissection of the body, though stained with blood, was eagerly seized, torn in pieces, and distributed among the bystanders on Saint Helena as souvenirs. Napoleon lay in state in his little bedroom which had been converted into a funeral chamber. It was hung with black cloth brought from the town. The corpse, which had not been embalmed, and which was of an extraordinary condition.
Stomach cancer was suspected, and of which his father and two of his sisters died. This painful examination having been completed, the doctor took out the heart and placed it in a silver vase ﬁlled with spirits of wine; he then directed the valet de chambre to dress the body as he had been accustomed in the Emperor’s lifetime, with the grand cordon of the Legion of Honour across the breast, in the green uniform of a colonel of the Chasseurs of the Guard, decorated with the orders of the Legion of Honour and of the Iron Crown, long boots with little spurs, ﬁnally, his three cornered hat.
Several scars were seen on his body. On opening it it was found that the liver was not affected, but that there was that cancer of the stomach.