Friday, September 30, 2022

The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray...

 
Talk about a case of bad timing. Eighteen people are missing after a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank off Florida due to Hurricane Ian, further underlining the human cost of the storm.
Wind gusts blow debris across the John Ringling Causeway as Hurricane Ian churns to the south of Sarasota. Four people swam to shore after their vessel sank, hours before the hurricane made landfall in Florida.
Three more people were rescued in the water and taken to hospital with heat exhaustion and dehydration symptoms, the US coast guard said. A search and rescue effort led by the coast guard is under way. Authorities said on Thursday that they have rescued a total of nine people who were on the capsized boat.
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Hurricane Ian unleashed 14 inches of rain and winds up to 60 mph in Orlando on Wednesday night and this morning the damage from that onslaught was clear at Universal Resort Orlando. Where I live, just 40 or so miles from there, we only got around five inches of rain and no wind gusts over 45 mph.
News reports and photos posted to social media showed many areas of the park under several feet of water, including the Incredible Hulk Coaster - the lower tracks of which are normally suspended over the park’s lagoon, but this morning they were submerged in the lagoon, which had obviously risen with the deluge.
Between Disney and Universal, the two represent over 75,000 jobs, and are vital to the economy of Orange County, Florida. Of course they're going to try to reopen as soon as possible.
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Time to start getting serious again...

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The Biden administration scaled back eligibility for its student loan forgiveness plan Thursday, the same day six Republican-led states sued President Joe Biden in an effort to block his student loan forgiveness plan from taking effect.
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This is Pretty Boy Floyd - A notorious bank robber who 'operated' throughout the midwest in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The nation's Public Enemy No. 1 at the time had robbed two dozen banks was finally killed by Federal Agents (shot 12 times in the back) on Oct. 23, 1934.
He was, however, much loved by more than a few people. It's seems Floyd didn't really like banks and bankers much. When he robbed banks, he would often make the Banks Managers burn or destroy all of the Mortgage records they had on hand at the time. That relieved hundreds and hundreds of families from their debt obligations!
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Your daily stupid history lesson...

I don't know how much of this is true or just racist bullshit that someone is spewing, but it's interesting none the less. We all know that the internet is full of bullshit, and the fact-checkers are as full of shit as anyone else. None the less, here's what I found out.
Supposedly, back in the 1700's, the European settlers here in America found out that African chiefs were kidnapping and selling slaves, so they went and bought them. Then these African men taken to the Caribbean and were put with white Irish, Scots, Welsh and English women to make slave babies. Okay - there's a fact check.
The actual value of an African slave was much higher than a white one but slave owners in the Caribbean and North American actually started training and paying the African men skilled labor jobs. These men then would buy their relatives out and even began owning slaves. There's another fact check.
Whites were refused work because of the slave industry. So these white people did what they could to get money for their families and racial tension was extremely high and it was black slaves who called white men 'peckerwoods' because they were poor, unkempt and usually homeless. 
Next time you hear the name, it was because the black slaves would say all these white men were good for was 'using their peckers'. I never knew it was a black thing, and I find it hard to believe they were referring to genitalia as that back then but what the fuck do I know. 
I've been calling people - black, white, grey, yellow, tan, whatever, color didn't matter - peckerwoods my whole life. Go figure...
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Back when entertaining the eye was at least 
as important as functionality. This is a 1942 
Wurlitzer Model 42 Victory Juke Box.
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New Yorker Magazine from 1940. Was there a climate change problem that was causing hurricanes back then also?
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Well, they probably couldn't find a whitewall to make white 
nowadays, but it's still a pretty cool old ad.
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something a little 'special'?
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I live in a very grey world I guess...
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Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals.
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1 comment:

  1. A peckerwood is a woodpecker. A regional name for a common bird.

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