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Florida man pumps gas through a fishing pole slot on his boat

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Mistakenly putting the fuel pump into a fishing pole holder, a Florida man pumped $60 worth of gas onto the deck of his boat and on the ground of a gas station, officials said.

The gasoline mishap happened on Monday near Orlando, Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said on Twitter.

The gas flowed from the fishing pole holder and onto the deck of the 24-foot vessel. The 31-year-old man didn't notice the mistake right away and pumped $60 of fuel. ....... (more)


Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, but the Sea Is Consuming Miami

(Wired) Ah, the Super Bowl, a bonanza of overeating and watching men brutalize each other (brain health be damned), punctuated by 30-second reminders to spend money. This weekend the spectacle will play out at Hard Rock Stadium, a lovely open-air structure mere miles from Miami Beach, which is disappearing into the sea.

But I’m being negative. Here’s the good news: This time of year is (literally) the cosmically ideal moment for men to brutalize each other in a stadium in Miami. Right now, Miami is smack dab in between the seasonal events that ravage its shores: king tides. Peaking around October, the gravitational interaction between the sun, the moon, and our planet pulls on the oceans, resulting in extra-high tides that rush through Miami, flooding buildings and closing streets. But those tides only run through November, returning to a lesser degree in March. Thus the Super Bowl is perfectly timed, because it means that all those football fans don’t need to worry about king tides flooding their hotels.

King tides are normal—our celestial bodies have been doing their gravitational dance for a long while—but what’s not normal is human-induced climate change. And that takes us back to the bad news: In the longer term, this change is assaulting Miami from all sides, with increased rainfall from above and rising seas pushing in from the east, raising the water table below. It is a city in the early stages of an existential crisis, and whether it can host Super Bowls in the future is the least of its worries.

Melting glaciers thousands of miles away have led to a sea level rise of 5 inches in the last 25 years in South Florida, with many more inches to come. At the same time, the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, resulting in more rainfall. Just add a hurricane to the mix (the hurricane season starts in early summer and lasts through the autumn) and you’ve got not just a perfect storm, but a potentially catastrophic one. ...... (more)


"Democracy is alive, and like any other living thing it either...

...flourishes and grows or withers and dies. There is no in-between. It is freedom and life or dictatorship and death."
--Saul Alinsky

Seems like we're much closer to the latter. Hard not to be discouraged these days......

But we keep fighting.

From Thom Hartmann, on my FB feed this morning:

Moscow Mitch Set To Kill Lady Liberty

The single most important defining characteristic of an authoritarian dictatorship is that the authoritarian leader uses the power of the state to maintain his own personal power. This is something that “divided government“ – three separate branches of government that are coequal – was designed to prevent. With Mitch McConnell promoting Dershowitz’s idea that a president can commit any kind of crime he wants so long as it gets him reelected because he “believes his reelection is in the public interest,“ we are about to see our American democratic republic transformed into an oligarchic semi-dictatorship. This is exactly what the Founders warned us against, and may well be the death-knell of not only our democracy, but of democracy around the world.

-- Thom Hartmann

You know the scene in Poltergeist.....

... where the mom walks past the kids' haunted room? She knows she shouldn't open the door, but does anyway and sees ghoulish things flying everywhere.....
Well, I turned on Fox & Friends this morning just to see how they're covering things ...and I feel like the poltergeist mom. Frightening alternate universe. Impeachment, the mideast "peace" plan, election -- they served up a buffet of bullshit.
MSNBC may report from a certain perspective, but it's still based in reality. I can see why Fox News viewers are so warped. I recognized all the talking points from Twitter and FB fights.
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