Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 7, 2014. Missouri weather is amazing!! It got up to 62 degrees today … and snow/freezing rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. A projected 30 degree difference in temperatures. And in the weather news, forecasters this week projected a very active El Niño in 2014, resulting in above average summer temperatures. Great! Really need a $300.00 – $500.00 per month air conditioning bill! (MASHABLE) — El Nino Warning System Goes Dark Just When Scientists Need It Most. “Bobbing in the swells of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean sits an array of 55 moored buoys, which scientists have placed there since the mid 1980s to monitor the ocean and atmosphere for signs of El Niño and La Niña events. Such events, which are characterized by changes in water temperatures and air circulation, can wreak havoc on global weather patterns, and accurately anticipating them can save billions of dollars annually.” Apparently a significant number of the sensor buoys have stopped functioning. Let’s hope a very active El Niño in 2014 is a worst case projection.
And other “global warming news? (BBC NEWS) — Malaria ‘spreading to new altitudes’ “Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests. Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years. They believe that temperature rises in the future could result in millions of additional cases in some areas.” Course, the drought caused by global warming, is drying up mosquito breeding puddles. I suppose it all balances out in the long run.
And talking about projections gone bad: (BBC NEWS) — Teen’s Facebook brag costs dad $80,000 lawsuit settlement. “When Dana Snay learned her father had been awarded a cash settlement in an age-discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, the Miami-based Gulliver Preparatory School, she couldn’t resist bragging about it. “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” the teen posted to her 1,200 Facebook friends. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” … When Gulliver got wind of post, which didn’t take long, as Dana was a former student, the school refused to pay a dime because the father had signed a confidentiality agreement – and on Wednesday a Florida appeals court found in its favor.” Don’t think this little girl will be going to Europe this year. Wouldn’t you love to be a “fly on the wall”, so you could listen to the conversation between this child and her father when he found out his $80,000.00 lawsuit settlement has gone the way of the buffalo?
I remember during the 3rd Presidential Debate in 2012, Romney opined Russia was the greatest strategic threat to the US … and Obama laughed at him and opined the “Cold War” was over. Is it? (UK EXPRESS) — Russian military move on Ukraine would echo HITLER annexing the Sudetenland, expert warns. “A DECISION to send Russian tanks into Ukraine would have echoes of the catastrophic invasion of Czechoslovakia by Adolf Hitler 76 years ago, according to a leading international security expert … He was referring to the annexation of the German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia in 1938 when Hitler claimed he was merely trying to protect the ethnic German population in the area, a move that led eventually to the Second World War.” There is no doubt, Putin wants a return to the late 80’s Russian Empire … and more important have a land buffer between Russia and NATO. Sadly, our European partners have no stomach to confront Putin. As for our commitment? We have 73 military installations in Germany, 31 in Britain, 8 in Italy, 1 in Austria, 2 in Denmark, 1 in Greenland, 5 in the Netherlands, 6 in Norway, 13 in Portugal, 3 in Spain, 1 in Bulgaria and 3 in Bosnia, (and probably more that are covert). Seems to me, we are more committed to defending the nations where we have bases, then the nations hosting these bases. Interesting … that we have none in France. Time to close them, since the Cold War is over … bring our troops home … isn’t it?
Wasn’t the other major issue Romney was trying to hammer home … job creation? Well … unemployment rose in February from 6.6% to 6.7%. We are being told the economy is getting better. Really? (CNN MONEY) — Everything must go: There’s a flood of store closings. “Radio Shack announced Monday it will close up to 1,100 stores, or 20% of its locations in North America. On Thursday Staples said it will close 225 stores … Other troubled retailers are also downsizing. J.C. Penney has announced plans to close 33 locations. Sears Holdings is closing its flagship Chicago store and it’s expected to shutter another 500 Sears and Kmart locations soon, according to Cowen retail analyst John Kernan. Even Macy’s, which is doing relatively well, announced it is closing five stores as part of a cost-cutting effort.” I know … I know … it is all Bush’s fault.
And further proof some folks will believe anything? NAIROBI, Kenya (CBSDC/AP) – “A local pastor has ordered all women who attend service at Lord’s Propeller Redemption Church to refrain from wearing undergarments while attending so that they can more easily receive the spirit of Jesus Christ. The Kenyan Daily Post is reporting that a pastor identified only as “Reverend Njohi” claimed bras and underwear are not godly. Additionally, the paper says Njohi wants women who attend service at the church to be “free,” and that there would be consequences for those who do not comply. According to the UK Metro, most women did, in fact, show up at the church, located in the eastern suburb of Dandora, the following Sunday without any undergarments on under their clothing.” I guess this pilgrim believes the “Holy Spirit” enters your heart by crawling up your leg!
Startling statistic about bladder cancer: (BBC NEWS) — Why is no one talking about bladder cancer? “It’s the fourth most common cancer in men in England [and in the United States] – but unlike most other cancers, survival rates are getting worse, not better. Why is no one talking about bladder cancer? … Bladder cancer is linked to smoking because carcinogens concentrate in the urine.” Cigarette smoking. “Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing bladder cancer. Up to half of all bladder cancers in men and several in women may be caused by cigarette smoke.” … “In the United States, bladder cancers usually start from the cells lining the bladder (called transitional cells). These tumors are classified based on the way they grow: Papillary tumors have a wart-like appearance and are attached to a stalk, while Nonpapillary (sessile) tumors are flat. They are much less common. However, they are more invasive and have a worse outcome.” The good news? Today, I am 1 year, 11 days nicotine free, 20,340 ciggybutts not smoked and $3,305.00 not gone up in smoke. The bad news? Quitting smoking REDUCES the odds of bladder cancer, not eliminate it.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings and listening/watching CNN. Interesting population demographic for the Crimean Peninsula: Ethnic Russians – 58.5%, Ethnic Ukrainians – 24.4%, and Crimean Tatars – 12.1%, (Sunni Muslims). There is no love lost between Russians and Tartars because on Stalin’s orders, Russians rounded them up and moved the whole population to Uzbekistan in May of 1944. Over the years, over 300,000 have returned … and have no desire to become Russian citizens … some threatening to take up arms and join their Muslim brethren in an insurrection against Moscow. Putin may have bitten off more than he can chew.
I have an appointment at the VA tomorrow: neurology clinic to deal with the neuropathy in my feet. I hope the roads are clear. The neuropathy is getting worse, with tingling in some parts and complete loss of feeling in others. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Sautéed garlic, parmesan, boneless chicken breasts over fried rice. The movie? “Winters Tale ”. Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later, when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, Care to join me? Be and sleep well … the best we have are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff.)