Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.

[Animal Shelter Management Wake Up] In my quest to find a kitten I was forced to become familiar with the SPCA in KW and Marathon. The management is stuck in the past. No imagination. Because of Covid-19 I was never allowed to see any kitten, even standing outside looking through a glass window! I was told to go to their website, pick one out, only then I could see it at the shelter. What’s the difference for me to see the kitten now or latter? I gave up talking logic and went to their website to order a kitten just like I do on Amazon. I thought that was wrong because I’m going to have the cat for life.  Anyway there were no kittens online, or maybe one or two, I forget. To see a kitten the SPCA said I had to fill out a form online, but the form Submit button wouldn’t work. Two people tried it on 2 different computers at 2 different locations.

The result of this mismanagement is that all the kittens will grow up in captivity to be cats that fewer people want. Most people want kittens.
The shelters seem to forget their mission: find homes for all the animals asap. Not how much bureaucracy they can dispense. How come they haven’t thought to offer to pay old dog and cats’ future medical bills? That’s what stops a lot of people from adopting old animals. That’s a fair exchange for taking an old dog or cat that no one will ever take home. The shelter will have less responsibility, need less food, have more room, and less poop (ever see a doberman’s poop? Big!). They might even need less staff (that might be hard to imagine because they do operate with very few employees). The most important reason to pay future medical bills is that the dogs and cats will have a home, be loved and not have to end their days alone in a cage. Isn’t that what the SPCA is supposed to be about? Not just warehousing critters?



[“Name that plant”] That plant with slender, tough leaves and a bulb-like root system looks to be some kind of lily. Water it and see what blooms. It might be a native spider lily. Spider lilies usually grow in beach sand. That’s cool, we have stuff popping up all the time that we don’t know what it is either.

A line on the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil reads, “And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay.” What the hell does that mean? Rolling Stones — Sympathy for the Devil


[Fiji Vacation] This is the first year I’m not going to This is the first year I’m not going to Fiji due to Covid-19. I usually don’t go because I’m poordue to Covid-19. I usually don’t go because I’m poor.

[Tips On How To Fall Asleep In A Living Room Chair] Be old. Sit a chair.
Of course I’m scared of catching Covid-19. Anyone who has fished with me knows that I catch everything.

[Caffeine] According to the USDA, an average eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee from ground beans contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine. Meanwhile, the same size cup from Starbucks (which would be a “short”) contains a whopping 155 milligrams. In contrast, an average espresso contains about 64 milligrams, and a cup of green tea has about 44 milligrams. That means drinking a cup of coffee from Starbucks provides more than three times the amount of caffeine as a green tea made using one tea bag.
This is a popular joke in Europe: Question: What borders on stupidity? Answer: Canada and Mexico.

[“Happy 9/11”] Deer Ed. Did you have blinders on when editing email this am. I find the despicable cartoon of 911 as an happy event extremely offensive to all of us (except the idiot who sent it in).

[Natural Laws] Law of Mechanical Repair. After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.
Law of Gravity. Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.
Law of Random Numbers. If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.
Variation Law. If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now
Law of the Bath. When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.
Law of Close Encounters. The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
Law of the Result. When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will!
The Coffee Law. As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Murphy’s Law of Lockers. If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Physical Surfaces. The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy   –  As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it or the store will stop selling it.
Doctors’ Law. If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you’ll feel better. But don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.
[Cheap Drugs] Trump boasts ‘favored nation’ order to lower drug prices. Link



[Recycled Plastic] The industry sold the public on an idea it knew wouldn’t work — that the majority of plastic could be, and would be, recycled — all while making billions of dollars selling the world new plastic. The industry’s awareness that recycling wouldn’t keep plastic out of landfills and the environment dates to the program’s earliest days. “There is serious doubt that recycling plastic can ever be made viable on an economic basis,” one industry insider wrote in a 1974 speech. Yet the industry spent millions telling people to recycle, because, as one former top industry insider told NPR, selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn’t true.

“If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they are not going to be as concerned about the environment,” Larry Thomas, former president of the Society of the Plastics Industry.

[Information] The shame of what is happening is that all the information is coming from people with opinions and not substantiated facts. The web and TV are nothing more than spin info sites with more sick twisted data than real truths. So what’s this tell you? It tells me to be damn careful what I see and read and to do what I think is right for my cave. No way will I ever submit to the outside that supposedly knows better than I do. If I die off with this bug or be shot for not taking the “virus vaccine” then they will have to knock down my door to get to me.  Now which channel was I watching …?

[Vaccine] The only way to stop the virus is a vaccine. It took 25 years for a chicken pox vaccine to be developed.  The smallpox inoculation was discovered in 1796 the last known natural case was in 1977.



[What’s The Difference] No, it’s more than Chevy versus Toyota.

I turned in last night pondering President Trump being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian Parliament member. When I went online this morning, I realized today is the 19th anniversary of 9/11, yet I saw nothing about it in my Apple or New York Times news feeds or in my Facebook timeline. No discussion that 9/11 was as much, or more, an inside job, false flag it’s called, than all Osama bin Laden’s doing.
[Second Amendment Asshole] John Weaver was wearing American flag shorts and carrying a fishing rod and the modified handgun on a strap around his neck as he walked down Truman Avenue and then White Street. Cops let him go because it was only a handgun. What a sick society. The cops and the asshole are both wrong.


[“Happy 9/11”] I just have to say this animation is very tasteless and disturbing!

[Mis-naming A Gun A Crime] The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office has ruled that a man who openly carried what police called a modified handgun through the streets of Old Town Key West acted within state law. That’s the first paragraph in the Citizen 15 September 2020. Sadly the reporter for the same paper published a hysteria based story calling the gun an “automatic” originally. There should be rules about what reporters cover – rules about knowing what they are talking about.
[Coffee as Medicine] Another one of the benefits of drinking coffee is it increases circulation and can stimulate the liver. For example, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that increased coffee consumption was associated with lower rates of liver disease progression in people with hepatitis C.
In fact, there was a 20 percent reduction in alcoholic liver syndrome for every cup of coffee a day participants drank. Other research suggests that coffee may also protect against cirrhosis, including alcoholic cirrhosis. Link
I really hope my life doesn’t flash before my eyes when I die. There’s some stuff I’d rather not see again