Wednesday, November 21, 2018

World's longest sea bridge Opened in China!

Part of the world's longest steel bridge
Because we like architecture and engineering, we thought we'd tell you about a brand new bridge this is the longest in the world. It just opened in October 2018!

BBC News reported on Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, the world's longest sea bridge opened on Oct. 23- it spans 55 kilometer (34 miles) and connects the cities of Hong Kong and Macau as well as the mainland city of Zhuhai.

It is the world's longest steel bridge–tunnel system, which consists of a series of three cable-stayed bridges and one undersea tunnel, as well as 2 artificial islands. It spans the Lingdingyang channel, which connects Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai, three major cities on the Pearl River Delta.


Map of Bridge location (Credit: Wikipedia)
It took six years of planning, eight years of work, a 6.7 kilometer (4.1 mile) tunnel to allow ships to pass, a 625-meter (2,051 foot) artificial island - even if that in itself is impressive. It will help transform what's being called the Greater Bay area into what China hopes will become a huge economic hub.

It will slash travel times between the cities, which will make it easier to transport goods to mainlad China from Hong Kong's airport, the world's busiest cargo airport.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Part 4: Funny Headlines

With all of the bad headlines, I thought I'd take a break from them and do a run of funny headlines. These are all from legitimate newspapers... and you have to wonder how the editors didn't see them! Here's part 4.

1) This bizarre headline apparently refers to a costume party melee, otherwise that town has some serious issues.
2) Good to Know about Tiger Woods. Otherwise it would be called "assault." 
3) That's quite an accepting teenager... or a loose one! 

Monday, November 19, 2018

In Memory of our Friend Les (Passed Oct. 2018)

Our friend Les passed in Oct. 2018
On Oct. 11, 2018. our friend Les passed away. Rob has known Les for about 20 years, and Tom for  14 years. We always enjoyed meeting Les for breakfast and talking about work, dogs, horses and more.  On the weekends, Les enjoyed riding his horse, Sierra (who passed some years ago) and his latest horse, PRC Real Gold at Rodeos and Barrel races. He won several awards and was well-known in the horse event circuit around the U.S.

     He grew up in Missouri and got his degree at the University of Missouri.

PHOTO RIGHT:  Les onboard his horse, PRC Real Gold, at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships in Augusta, GA last year.

    In his work in the government, he managed a lot of projects and he and Tom used to talk about building projects. Les was driven and was a hard worker. He went through a tough time on one job but found a wonderful place to work over the last several years. He kept talking about his retirement and when he passed suddenly, he was 3 years away from retirement. But he was driven and dedicated to his work.

  We will truly miss our friend Les, and our
Panera bread weekend breakfasts. Every time we see a horse, we'll know he's around in spirit. 

We attended a memorial service for Les in early November, where we met his twin brother (who resides in Florida). It was uncanny to see his brother... but we know Les was there, too, in spirit.

PHOTO BELOW: On Aug 10, 2015,  Les posted:
Meet Clay, my recent addition to the family!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Idiot of the Week: "Zombie TV Shows Lead to Mass Shootings" says the Kentucky Governor

Kentucky's governor
Here's this week's idiot... Ironic since it was likely zombies that voted him in. No other words needed.


Do zombie shows lead to mass shootings? Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin thinks so.
Thomas Novelly, Louisville Courier Journal Published 6:27 p.m. ET Nov. 13, 2018

'Not a chance I'd walk away' says Bevin. 'There's not one (Democrat candidate) even remotely worthy of carrying the torch for the people of Kentucky.' Matt Stone, Louisville Courier Journal

Gun regulation isn't the solution to mass shootings in the U.S., Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday, and America's culture of death, illustrated by Americans' obsession with zombie television shows, is more to blame.

In a radio interview with conservative talk show host Leland Conway, the Kentucky Republican said new laws aren't the solution to violence, but addressing a "culture of death" in media is the start.

“It starts with everything from the type of entertainment that we focus on,” Bevin said. “What’s the most popular topic that seems to be in every cable television network. Television shows are all about, what? Zombies! I don’t get it ... that’s what we are.”

Bevin went on to say Kentuckians are staunch defenders of the Constitution and that liberal attempts to enact gun control won't be successful.

He added that violent shows are morphing the minds of young, impressionable children.
Kentucky Zombies 

“When a culture is surrounded by, inundated by, rewards things that celebrate death, whether it is zombies in television shows, the number of abortions ... there’s a thousand justifications for why we do this," Bevin said.

Last month, Bevin literally shot grenade launchers and threw smoke bombs in a video as an analogy for "blowing up things like corruption, blowing up things like pay-to-play and inside deals," he said in a tweet featuring the video.

In June 2018, Bevin blamed video games, psychotropic drugs and smartphones as some of the root causes for violence in America's schools.

Bevin's comments come a week after a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, which left 13 people dead. It was the 307th mass shooting in the United States this year alone, according to Gun Violence Archive.

Bevin, who has said he is running for re-election in 2019 but has not filed candidate paperwork or started fundraising, is polling poorly in the Bluegrass.

A poll by Morning Consult released this past summer, showed the Kentucky Republican ranked as one of the top 10 least popular governors in the U.S. But Bevin said Tuesday he doesn't care much for polling and doesn't think it offers any insight about his re-election.

“Have you ever seen a poll in which I wasn’t unpopular?“ Bevin asked the radio host.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dunkin’ is changing how they make—and serve—their lattes

New and improved Dunkin' Lattes!
BIG NEWS for Latte Fans! (I don't drink 'em, I just like plain black Dunkin' Donuts coffee, thank
you). But  Dunkin’ is changing how they make—and serve—their lattes “There’s no reason to go to Starbucks anymore."


Not content with just “coffee regular” drinkers, Dunkin’ wants to win over more customers with their espresso.

A month after officially shortening its name, the Canton-based coffee chain announced what it calls “one of the most significant product initiatives in the brand’s recent history.” In a press release Wednesday, the company said it plans to install new espresso machines in stores across the United States to improve the taste of its lattes and other espresso beverages.

The initiative also includes a new espresso recipe, extensive employee training, and new, distinct orange cups featuring an exclamation point for their hot espresso-based drinks. Dunkin’ says they’re hoping for the changes to be implemented at the “vast majority” of their 9,200 U.S. stores by the holiday season (some self-serve and non-traditional locations, like in hotels or sporting arenas, will not have espresso on the menu, the company told Boston.com in a statement).

“There’s no reason to go to Starbucks anymore,” Tony Weisman, Dunkin’s chief marketing officer, told the paper.

In the company’s press release, it says the new machines should result in a stronger and more robust espresso flavor, particularly catered toward the tastes of “younger espresso drinkers.”
“Espresso is one of the fastest growing coffee categories, particularly among younger consumers, and with our coffee credentials we believe we have a tremendous opportunity to improve our awareness and credibility among espresso drinkers,” Weisman said in a statement Wednesday.

Over the last few years, Dunkin’ has expanded their espresso menu to include not just lattes and cappuccinos, but also macchiatos and Americanos. Following in the vein of Starbucks, the historically blue-collar company has also added dark roast and cold brew coffee and premium teas to its drink menu, while pairing down its food offerings. The changes, which even extend to the design of Dunkin’ stores, have been led by the company’s new CEO, David Hoffmann.

Friday, November 16, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Shipwreck found in Black Sea is 'world's oldest intact'

We're fascinated with archaeology and the discovery of ancient finds. Here's an article about a
2,400 year old intact ship that was found recently in the Black sea!

Shipwreck found in Black Sea is 'world's oldest intact'
Source; BBC NEWS

A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast.

Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions
Image caption The ship was surveyed and digitally mapped by two remote underwater vehicles
The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being hailed as officially the world's oldest known intact shipwreck.

The researchers were stunned to find the merchant vessel closely resembled in design a ship that decorated ancient Greek wine vases.

The rudder, rowing benches and even the contents of its hold remain intact.

"It's like another world," Helen Farr from the expedition told the BBC.

"It's when the ROV [remote operated vehicle] drops down through the water column and you see this ship appear in the light at the bottom so perfectly preserved it feels like you step back in time."

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bad Environment News; Mercury Regs Weakened /Trade Agreement has "Corporate Fossil-Fuel giveaways"

  During the week of Oct. 1, more things were done to damage the environment. If you didn't hear, they involve diminishing or eliminating mercury and lead pollution controls. Of course, there were also giveaways to fossil-fuel companies. Sigh.

TRUMP TRADE DEAL BENEFITS FOSSIL FUEL GIANTS - Trump’s deal to tweak the NAFTA trade agreement was panned by environmental groups, arguing it includes “corporate giveaways” for fossil fuel giants, excludes binding agreements on lead pollution and contains no mention of human-caused global warming. [HuffPost]

WHITE HOUSE WEAKENS MERCURY REGULATIONS The Trump administration is taking steps to significantly weaken a major Obama-era regulation that curbs the amount of mercury that power plants are allowed to emit. [HuffPost]

RELATED BLOG:DID YOU KNOW? Trump Dissolving 67 Environmental Protections

 By NADJA POPOVICH, LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA and KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS UPDATED Jan. 31, 2018 (NY TIMES) https://rob-tom-dolly-franklin.blogspot.com/2018/04/did-you-know-trump-dissolving-67.htmlhttps://rob-tom-dolly-franklin.blogspot.com/2018/04/did-you-know-trump-dissolving-67.html

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Caution on Postings / In the News: Man Arrested for Death Threats

   We live in an unsettling time. Some of the more conservative fringe people seem to feel more free to express intolerance, hatred and bigotry. They have the guns, and there's a lot of mental illness left unchecked.  So, we (the people who oppose bigotry, racism, and intolerance) even have to be careful about what we post on social media - because we can become targets.
    Often, when I post something, I let you  draw your own conclusions. Recently, however, I put in an opinion and was called on it. What's sad is that no matter how I try to give some the benefit of the doubt, it's sometimes not possible to do. One such incident is the following. There's no excuse for this behavior, or the people who promote and accept it. 


A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THREATENING TO KILL SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested after authorities say he sent an email threatening to kill Sen. Dianne Feinstein.  

Authorities say Craig Shaver of Lancaster, California sent a Sept. 30 email to the senator. Other details weren’t disclosed. Prosecutors said Thursday that Shaver, who has a 1991 grand theft conviction, attempted a criminal threat and accused him of being a felon in illegal possession of a revolver.

At a campaign-style rally in Iowa on Tuesday, Oct. 9, President Trump said Feinstein was one of the Democrats who have gone “wacko” in opposing now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  A crowd of Trump supporters chanted “Lock her up” when Feinstein’s name was mentioned.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Part 3: Funny Headlines

With all of the bad headlines, I thought I'd take a break from them and do a run of funny headlines. These are all from legitimate newspapers... and you have to wonder how the editors didn't see them! Here's part 3.

1) Good to know the dead are still dead..
2) How unfortunate that a councilwoman's last name is "Chick" when they're talking about sexism! 
3) "Mistress of the Universe"?   Hmm... not something most people would want to be known as! 



Monday, November 12, 2018

In the news: Rare skull of baby diplodocus shows how giant dinosaurs grew

Archaeology is something that we find fascinating, and since I was a kid, I've also had a fascination with dinosaurs. So, when I found this article about a  baby Diplodocus, I was intrigued!  Now you can learn about the Diplodocus!

The young diplodocus 'Andrew'
during the late Jurassic about 150 million years ago. (Andrey Atuchin)
Rare skull of baby diplodocus shows how giant dinosaurs grew 


The first baby diplodocus skull ever found is helping scientists uncover how tiny babies that hatched from melon-sized eggs grew into the some of the largest animals that ever walked the Earth.

"You consider that you start your life coming out an egg the size of a cantaloupe. And when you die, you're a hundred feet long. That's quite a number of growth spurts you have to go through," said Cary Woodruff, lead author of a new study on the rare skull published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

Researcher Cary Woodruff,  PhD student, University of Toronto
Woodruff, who is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum, nicknamed the baby dinosaur "Andrew" after the 19th century Scottish American steel baron Andrew Carnegie, who was a great patron of paleontology and for whom one species of diplodocus is named (Diplodocus carnegii).


Diplodocuses belonged to a group of huge, long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs that walked on four legs and are known as sauropods.

Andrew was unearthed in 2010 at a site in Montana called the Mother's Day Quarry by Glenn Storrs of the Cincinnati Museum Centre.

ABOUT "ANDREW'S SKULL"

Its skull is just 24 centimetres long — about the size of a pineapple fruit without the leaves. Researchers estimate Andrew was just two to four years old when it died 150 million years ago, during the Late Jurassic. There were about 15 other young diplodocuses in the herd, all six years old or less. It's not clear how they died.
Woodruff notes that diplodocuses don't seem to have cared for their young. Instead, the young animals would have moved in herds of animals similar in age, probably hiding in the forest along the coast of the nearby inland sea to avoid predators like Allosaurus. Despite its young age, Andrew was probably already six metres long — about the length of a cube van.

ANDREW'S TEETH
Reconstruction of the young Diplodocus 'Andrew' next to an adult.

By studying the skull, Woodruff thinks he has some new clues about how diplodocuses grew so fast.
While adult diplodocuses have only 10 or 11 peg-like teeth at the front of a wide muzzle designed for grazing ferns in savannah-like landscapes, Andrew had a much narrower muzzle with 13 teeth that went all the way to the back of its jaws.
The ones at the back were spoon-shaped teeth designed to handle tougher material than just ferns.


GROWING UP FAST


"Andrew has to grow up really fast," he said, noting that diplodocuses reached full size in about 25 years. "To grow up really fast, it's got to eat a lot of food. With  these different teeth, Andrew could basically pick and choose to eat any plant material around him."
He added that the narrower muzzle than that seen in adult animals also indicated that baby diplodocuses may have been pickier eaters than adults — but had more varied diet







It was funded by J.Horner and the Museum of the Rockies, with additional support from the Cincinnati Museum Center and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.