June 23, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 23, 2017. Thunderstorms all week, with periods of sunshine, which allowed us to do the Pascagoula Death March each day. Did 2.2 miles this morning. For lunch, I picked up a Dominos pizza   … large with extra pepperoni and cheese: $6.00! We have enough left over for Susan to snack on later and in the morning. I’m no fan of cold or reheated pizza. The “big” news this week was the Democrat Party candidates in 4 special elections had their plow cleaned after the media’s “talking heads” all predicted a Democrat sweep. Supposedly, the public sending a message of disapproval to Trump. Meanwhile the Republican Party is in the processes of splintering itself into irrelevance. And that was the week that was.

On the war against ISIS front: (BBC NEWS) — Canadian sniper ‘kills IS militant two miles away’. “A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles (3,540m) in Iraq last month. Military sources told Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper that the gunman is a member of Joint Task Force 2, and made the shot from a high-rise building. It took the bullet almost 10 seconds to hit its target, it reports. The Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed to the BBC the sniper “hit a target” from that distance. The shot, which sources tell the paper was filmed, is thought to be a record for the longest confirmed kill. The sniper worked in tandem with an observer, who helps to spot targets, and used a standard Canadian military issued McMillan TAC-50 rifle.” The McMillan Tac-50 sniper rifle   … “is produced in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States by McMillan Firearms Manufacturing. This long-range anti-materiel/anti-personnel weapon is based on previous designs from the same company, which first appeared during the late 1980s. McMillan makes several versions of .50 caliber rifles, based on the same proprietary action, for military, law enforcement and civilian use. The Tac-50 is a military and law enforcement weapon, which, designated as the C15, is the standard Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) of the Canadian Army since 2000. Rifles of the Tac-50 family are capable of outstanding accuracy and guaranteed to provide 0.5 MOA groups with match-grade ammunition.” If you are into eating buses … this will drop one … but they are pricey: $9,499.99!

I remember the US being the worlds only computing super power. No more. The Chinese are: (BBC NEWS) — Meet the world’s most powerful computer. China only started producing its first computer chips in 2001. But its chip industry has developed at an awesome pace. So much so that Chinese-made chips power the world’s most powerful supercomputer, which is Chinese too. The computer, known as the Sunway TaihuLight, contains some 41,000 chips and can carry out 93 quadrillion calculations per second. That’s twice as fast as the next-most-powerful supercomputer on the planet (which also happens to be Chinese). The mind-boggling amount of calculations computers like this can carry out in the blink of an eye can help crunch incredibly complicated data – such as variations in weather patterns over months and years and decades.” A couple of thousand years ago, the Chinese ruled the world. If we, as a nation, don’t get off of our butts and fund basic research   … in my children’s life time … the Chinese will rule the world once again.

And a question we all want to know the answer to!! (BBC NEWS) — Coffee under threat. Will it taste worse as the planet warms? “Coffee drinkers could face poorer-tasting, higher-priced brews, as a warming climate causes the amount of land suitable for coffee production to shrink, say scientists from London’s Kew Gardens. Coffee production in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the high quality Arabica coffee bean and Africa’s largest exporter, could be in serious jeopardy over the next century unless action is taken, according to a report, published in Nature Plants today. “In Ethiopia and all over the world really, if we do nothing there will be less coffee, it will probably taste worse and will cost more,” Dr Aaron Davis, coffee researcher at Kew and one of the report’s authors, told the BBC.” How can we survive as a species if we are doomed to face each new day, and the challenges it will pose   … armed only with a bad tasting cup of coffee? Could providence be that cruel?

And in the interesting read news: (BBC NEWS) — The country where tampons may cause a security alert. “Cairo airport’s security screening starts at the door to the terminal buildings. Only passengers are allowed in. Even before check-in, they have to put their belongings through the large scanners, have their tickets and passports checked and walk through a scanner themselves. It was at this point that I was pulled aside for a patdown. A uniformed woman ran her hands down my body and legs and came back up to find a lump in my right-hand jeans pocket. It was small and bullet-shaped. The guard pointed and said, in Egyptian Arabic: “What’s that?” “Oh nothing”, I said. “It’s just…” Thinking it was a tissue, I pulled it out… then realized that to my horror, I was waving a tampon in her face. She raised her eyebrows, apparently oblivious to my embarrassment, then looked perplexed. “What’s that?” She said again.” We take a lot for granted in Western culture. 3rd World cultures view and deal with menses in an entirely different manner.

And for my cat loving friends: (BBC NEWS) — How cats conquered the ancient world. “The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice – in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago. Then, a few thousand years later, cats spread out of ancient Egypt along maritime trade routes. Today, cats live on all continents except Antarctica. Scientists think wildcats began hanging around farms to prey on mice attracted to grain stores, starting the long relationship between humans and felines. “There were two taming events – one in the Near East at the beginning and one in Egypt much later,” said lead researcher Eva-Maria Geigl. “And then the cat spread very efficiently all over the ancient world as a ship’s cat. Both lineages are now present in modern cats.” Interesting.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Once you retire, every day is like a Sunday   … days just blend together. That is one of the reasons we do the Pensacola Death March. It forces us to get up, get dressed and get out of the house. It is way too easy to fall into a routine, where you park your butt behind a computer or television screen   … and have your mind and body atrophy. Susan is now 3 weeks nicotine free, although she still sucks on a nicotine free vape. Sunday lunch and a Movie? BBQ’s Ribeye, Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob. The movie? “Blood, Sand and Gold [2017]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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One Response to June 23, 2017

  1. Patty Meier says:

    Greetings from the Big MO! Bad coffee…ahhhhh. Regardless, Great Ramblings.

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