Thursday, October 23, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heya, Headliners. Today's birthday belongs to the King of Late Night, Johnny Carson. Long live the King!!! Among other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour

LIFE IS LIKE EBOLA CHERRIES:





FREE THE WEED!!!





ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



TODAY IN RELIGION:





MORE OF THAT REPUBLICAN OUTREACH:




TODAY IN WHITE PRIVILEGE:



IN LGBT NEWS:



GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST RACIAL SOCIETY:




TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:




GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:


Bonus Video Du Jour:

BULLYING BY BULLIES:




IN INNER SPACE:


Deinocheirus mirificus, or ‘unusual horrible hand’, had long, clawed forearms, a sail on its back and a duck-like bill



IN OUTER SPACE:


The Warped Astrophysics of Interstellar



VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad, who, as Celia Cruz, was also known as "The Queen of Salsa Music." She died in 2003, but recently made Headlines Du Jour for a tee vee series being made on her life. Here are other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

LIFE IS LIKE EBOLA CHERRIES:







MORE OF THAT GOP OUTREACH:






Even though they promise to do so, again and again.



GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST RACIAL SOCIETY:



ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



FREE THE WEED:



GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:



TODAY IN RELIGION:



IN INCOME INEQUALITY:



ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:




TODAY IN UNIONISM:




STEVE DOOCY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN OUTER SPACE:






 VIDEO DU JOUR:



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hurricanes I Have Known

The crazy trajectory of Hurricane Wilma. When it began,
the liklihood of hit hitting Florida was almost zero.
DATELINE: October 19, 2005 -- On this day Wilma became "the most intense hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb."

Everybody remembers Katrina, but Wilma has always been the bridesmaid. But, it should be the other way around. Here's why from the WikiWhackyWoo: "Hurricane Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. Part of the record breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which included three of the six most intense Atlantic hurricanes ever (along with #4 Rita and #6 Katrina), Wilma was the twenty-second storm, thirteenth hurricane, sixth major hurricane, fourth Category 5 hurricane, and second-most destructive hurricane of the 2005 season." 

At the time I had just moved to Florida and wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. All the news stations down here were going crazy with hurricane coverage and were saying that such an active hurricane season might be the "new normal."

CLICK TO ENLARGE: Top left: One of the building's roof peeled off by the wind;
Top right: Trees took the brunt of Hurricane Wilma; Lower left: A neighbour's
car after the roof was peeled of its roof; Lower right: Roof where it don't belong.
That yellow thing is the 'igloo' where we put our recycling. They became airborne.
While a couple of hurricanes had skirted by Florida prior to Wilma, and Hurricane Katrina crossed the state much farther north, no one thought that Wilma would hit Florida.

It formed as a Tropical Depression, as they all do. But, rather than getting organized in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, it formed in the Caribbean, near Jamaica. Two days later it became a Tropical Storm and received a name: Wilma. A day later it was already a monster Category 5 hurricane.

Then it moved over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, where it simply stopped moving. Hurricane Wilma churned over the Yucatan for almost 2 days, as tourists in Cozumel and Cancun hunkered down as best they could. During those 2 days Hurricane Wilma lost much of its energy, decreasing to a Cat 2 when it entered the Gulf of Mexico. Then the fucker made a right turn and headed straight for my condo.

My condo's on the east side of Florida. First it made landfall in Cape Romano as a Category 3. However, it also picked up lateral speed, moving across Florida faster than it had the Gulf of Mexico.

Top left: Why trees didn't do well. Roots have a hard time going down in sand, so
root systems grow outward. With not enough purchase, winds just push them over;
Upper right: Same car. Lower left: Pops giving the 'thumbs down' to the tree my
mother, who had recently died, planted when the condo was new; Lower right:
A totally different tree which shows the horizontal extent on the root system.
Pops was an old hand at hurricanes. He'd ridden out many since moving to Florida. In fact, during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 I was working in the CityPulse [sic] Newsroom on BreakfastTelevision. [sic] Through sheer luck of the draw, it fell to me to write up the Hurricane Andrew Story™ that morning. While it was on my mind -- and I had free long distance at my disposal -- I called Pops in Sunrise to check up on him. At the time I didn't really know Florida geography and didn't realize that Homestead, which took a direct hit from Andrew was almost 60 miles away. While on the phone with Pops, who was hunkered down with my mother in the interior closet, Producer Bud Pierce asked if he'd be willing to do a live phoner during our newspacks, which is how he ended up on the air 3 times that morning.

As I said, Pops was an old hand at hurricanes and nothing was going to budge him. That's why we remained in the condo as it took a direct hit. However, rather than hunker down in Pops' closet or my bathroom (the only 2 places in the condo that doesn't have windows), we wandered around the condo, occasionally looking out the windows to watch huge things fly past. We were crazy and lucky nothing happened.

There was one point when everything calmed down and I walked outside in the eye of the hurricane. It was beautiful and clear and one couldn't even see the eye walls. That lasted only about 15 minutes. Then it all started going to hell again, with the wind coming from the opposite direction.

These pictures are just a small portion from my facebook album Hurricane Wilma Damage.

BTW: We were without power for 18 days after that. People ask me how that was. It was like camping, but with more comfortable furniture.


Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, October 19, 2014

G'day Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to Peter Tosh, one of the original Wailing Wailers., who made his final headline in 1987, when shot in the head by robbers. Also on this date:
Now for today's Headlines Du Jour:

LIFE IS LIKE EBOLA CHERRIES:






IN LGBT NEWS:






ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



SCOTUS WATCH:



MORE OF THAT GOP OUTREACH:





TODAY IN RELIGION:



SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:



IN INCOME INEQUALITY:



GAMERGATE EXPOSED:



FREE THE WEED!!!







BEST HEADLINE DU JOUR:



IN INNER SPACE:





IN OUTER SPACE:





VIDEOS DU JOUR:



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Accidental Tour Guide ► Unpacking The Writer

This will be a short Unpacking The Writer this month. For the uninitiated, Unpacking the Writer is the monthly feature in which I pull back the curtain and share some of what it's like to be a writer (and a human) at this critical juncture, as some people say. 

This'll be shorter than usual because: 1). I posted that big, honkin' A Writer's Biography just recently, which I prolly shoulda made an official Unpacking the Writer episode, then I wouldna hadda write this; 2). It's Thursday, the day on which I start writing the Friday Fox Follies, a new weekly feature at PoliticusUSA, due every ... err ... Friday; 3). I'm still beavering away on the redesign of the Not Now Silly Newsroom and, to that end, have a Skype meeting with my web spinner scheduled for any minute, which will probably interrupt the writing of this post; 4). Yesterday I started a new post on [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff, which I want to get back to so I can finish it by Saturday; and 5). I don't owe you any explanations, so stop badgering me. Nor do I feel I have to justify long sentences, as long as they're punctuated properly.

One of the touristy things my sister and I did was to
go to the Swap Shop. She had Zoltar read her fortune.
One year ago the Not Now Silly Newsroom covered a Homeowners Association meeting in Coconut Grove in the cheekily titled No Safe Harbour In Coconut Grove. SPOILER ALERT: The meeting exploded in resident rage when [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado skipped out on the meeting.

I've not written about Sarnoff or The Grove lately. Part of the problem is I've not had the time to get down to Coconut Grove. And, a post about The Grove I started months ago has been languishing while I do some more desultory research and figure out the best way to frame a very complex topic.

A year ago I still had passion for the Coconut Grove stories I was writing. However, my inability to make my campaign to Save the E.W.F. Stirrup House go viral had diminished a lot of that enthusiasm.

I think I got it back this week. My sister was visiting from Oak Park, Michigan. Since I had to pick her up at the Miami airport, we took a side trip to Coconut Grove where I laid out the entire history of Coconut Grove, Kebo, E.W.F. Stirrup, Coral Gables, and The Colour Line(s). We walked some of it. Some of it was related while cruising past the Mariah Brown House, Marler Avenue, the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, Coral GablesMacFarlane Homestead Subdivision Historic District, Grand Avenue, and beautiful downtown CocoWalk, the mall that ate up all the quaint.

I'll be back in Coconut Grove before you can say The Barnacle, but it made me think that I should be conducting History Tours of Coconut Grove.

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, October 16, 2014

Howdy, Headliners. Today's birthday belongs to Bob Weir, of The Grateful Dead, still making Headlines Du Jour. Here are some others from yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

FREE THE WEED!!!









SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:



TODAY IN RELIGION:



ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:



IN INNER SPACE:




IN OUTER SPACE:






FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:







Superintendent Aims To "To Set The Record Straight" About Fox's Misinformation


LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





Laura Ingraham: Frieden Is "A Combination Of Baghdad Bob And Kathleen Sebelius"

GRETA DISAGREES WITH THE FALAFEL KING:



FOX & FRIENDS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:






ABLOW JOB IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Ablow: Americans Got Stockholm Syndrome And Elected Obama Because His Names Are "Very Similar To Two Of Our Archenemies"



NO LONGER PREGGY LEGGY MEGGY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



WRETCHED GRETCHED IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



PETER JOHNSON, JR IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



VIDEO DU JOUR:



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