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Potential Tropical Cyclone Three

Potential Tropical Cyclone ThreePosition: 23.5N 92.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb.

Currently about 435 miles [ 695 km] South of Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

June 17, 2021   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone Three

Bloomsday

Bloomsday

According to the James Joyce Center

Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.

Why not?

June 16, 2021   Comments Off on Bloomsday

Magna Carta

Arms of King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, but they are now requiring registration. Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project has a translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

John abided by the charter for several months, before he returned to business as normal, but the principle was established – no one is above the law.

June 15, 2021   Comments Off on Magna Carta

Post-Tropical Cyclone Bill – Day 2

Post-Tropical Cyclone BillPosition: 43.5N 57.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [035°] near 29 mph [46 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [100 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb ↑.

Currently about 335 miles [ 540 km] East of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

June 15, 2021   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Bill – Day 2

Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical Storm BillPosition: 36.7N 69.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 23 mph [37 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↓.

Currently about 335 miles [ 540 km] East-Northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

June 14, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Bill

Flag Day

US Flag

Adopted as the flag of the United States of America by the Flag Resolution of 1777 enacted on 14 June, 1777.

The flag was first flown from Fort Stanwix, on the site of the present city of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777. It was first under fire three days later in the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777.

An official flag has a rise to run ratio of 1 to 1.9 [the flag should be 1.9 times as long as it is high] with the canton [the dark blue part] that rises over the top seven stripes with a run of 40% of the flag’s run.

The only time you will see a “correct” US Flag is if you see the official colors of a military unit. Most flags are 3’X5′ or 4’X6′ instead of 3’X5.7′ or 4’X7.6′.

Frances Bellamy, the Baptist minister and socialist who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance was from Rome, New York.

June 14, 2021   Comments Off on Flag Day

June 6, 1944 D-Day

This is the 77th anniversary of one of history’s biggest military gambles – the invasion of Normandy. There were so many things that had to fall into place for it to work, that it really is amazing that it did.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt told a news conference the invasion did not mean the war was over. He said: “You don’t just walk to Berlin, and the sooner this country realizes that the better.”

The war continued for almost a year, but FDR did not, dying a month before the German surrender.

This is what it was like when the US had adults in the White House.

June 6, 2021   Comments Off on June 6, 1944 D-Day

You Can’t Buy Love

In some circumstances you might be able to do a short-term rental, but you can’t buy it. 😈

Every day my e-mail is primarily made of people wanting money for media buys. I have yet to see any of the ads that various groups are supposedly financing, so I can’t judge the efficacy of these ads, but the fact that I haven’t seen them indicates that they are not targeting people like me. Many of these e-mail appeals are bewailing the amount of money Republicans are gathering and possibly spending for their policies, candidates, and/or obsessions, but I haven’t seen any of those, either. From time to time I will see a reference to ads in a media report, but the ads themselves are apparently only for the media, not for peasants like me.

One of the latest crises was a special election in New Mexico that was going to be a total disaster if I didn’t donate money. The Democrat won by more than 25% without my money or the ad it would have helped to finance.

Another thing are the petitions that groups want me to sign. Who do they think petitions will influence? They are about as useful as suggestion that I contact my Congresscritter and Senators. Yeah, right, like my opinion is going to influence Matt Gaetz, Marco Rubio, or Rick Scott. Get real people!

June 5, 2021   3 Comments

June First

June 1st:

The official start of the hurricane season.

Events:
1495 – Friar John Cor records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.
1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, for defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is considered by some to be the last religious martyr in what would become the United States.
1890 – The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns.
1967 – The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

Births:
1563 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman and spymaster (d. 1612)
1780 – Karl von Klausewitz, Prussian general (d. 1831)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)

For some reason, I didn’t make the list. 🧙🏻‍♂️

June 1, 2021   4 Comments