Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. Politician, diplomat, lover, writer, scientist.
On this day in 1792, Franklin made a big time discovery. He was able to finally prove his theory regarding lightning and electricity.
Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm. He caught an ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar. Such enabled him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity.
Key West has had many noteworthy persons among its residents. Two of significance today.
The first is Captain Manuel “Pete” Fernandez. A Korean War hero. An ace fighter pilot. He shot down 14 MIGs.
Key West was his home. He returned to Key West following his Korean tour of duty this day in 1953. A huge crowd welcomed him. He made Key West proud.
The other Key West resident was Sally Rand. An entertainer. A fan dancer.
She lived in Key West for several years. She got behind with the IRS.
Sally owned two properties. On this day in 1953, the IRS ordered both her proprieties sold for back taxes.
I knew Sally Rand. Met her in 1964 at a police convention at Grossinger’s in the Catskills. A wonderful woman!
A story for another time.
Key West’s track record for accidental deaths and injuries stinks.
A year or 2 ago, we learned Key West was experiencing the highest number of bicycle deaths and injuries. No wonder. A tourist problem. Tourists have no respect for rules of the road, traffic signs, traffic lights, making left turns after warning, etc.
I actually feel sorry for them. Many are senior citizens. They come visit. Have not ridden a bike in 40 years. Wobble down the middle of streets hoping they will not fall. They fall. In front of a car, of course.
Monroe County recently received a distinction it wishes it had not. Last year, Monroe County had the highest number of accidents and injuries generally. An overall classification.
Includes bicycles. Also boats. Boats are a major cause of accidents and injuries in the Keys.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a roll back in regulations due to the coronavirus outbreak.
I suspect more politics than good involved in the decision.
In the Keys, it appears to be having an immediate impact. The company Oxitec. The British Company that is supposedly expertise in eliminating mosquitoes. The company does it by somehow screwing up the male species genetically.
Several years ago, Oxitec wanted to come to our area to test. At the time, I lived in Key Haven. One of the places it was going to spray via plane was Key Haven. Purportedly the most affluent Key West area people live in.
It was up in arms! A referendum resulted. Thirty one of 33 precincts approved the Oxitec testing. One of the 2 not was Key Haven.
For whatever, the Oxitec testing never occurred.
Since then Oxitec has partnered with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. Both now pushing the genetically modified male mosquito. Oxitec claiming to have made improvements to its “product.”
Oxitec has added a new partner. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To the tune of $4.1 million.
Bill Gates is excited. He understands mosquito problems. Claims he fears them more than sharks.
No citizen group will be able to defeat this partnership. Oxitec announced it will begin testing this summer in Florida and Texas.
To my knowledge, no one yet has tested to determine what affect the new program will have on humans. Such was the reason the move failed before. Now the competition is too great. The Keys will find out the hard way. Hopefully there will be no impact on humans.
Ollie Kofoid was one of the opposition leaders in 2016. Knowledgeable. Educated. Thought the Oxitec plan was a bad thing.
Ollie has been employed for 20 plus years with the Sewer District. At the moment, he is heading up a study which hopefully will lead to a new and better system. The study being done in conjunction with Arizona University.
To Washington and Donald Trump.
The black steel fence erected roughly 2 weeks ago to keep protesters away from the White House supposedly is to come down today.
Amazing. Always a number of starving families in the U.S. Coronavirus additionally has left many without jobs and monies to support their families. Down to a basic like putting food on the table.
Trump wasted a lot of money with the fence and bringing all kind of troops into Washington with all kinds of equipment. Don’t know if billions involved. Millions at least. To satisfy Trump’s lust for power, I’m the man, no one knows more than me, etc.
U.S. Park Rangers will be removing the fence.
The President is sick.
We have all seen several times on TV the video of the 75 year old Buffalo man knocked to the ground by a police officer. His head struck the concrete street. Blood started coming out of one ear. Clearly seen on the video.
The officer who hit him never stopped. A multitude of police officers ran by the man. Left him lying there.
His name Martin Gugino.
Trump wants further proof of the legitimacy of the fall. Claims Martin “fell harder than was pushed.” Trump also suggests Martin possibly was an “ANTIFA provocateur.”
Next he will suggest it is not George Floyd in the coffin buried in Houston yesterday.
Nineteen States are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases. Arizona’s numbers on the extreme side. Arizona State officials have asked the hospitals to activate emergency plans.
I worry about Florida and the Keys in 3-6 weeks. Disaster has to strike again before people learn.
Abraham Lincoln made an interesting comment. One that fits Washington today.
Lincoln said, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”
The first Salem witch hanging occurred this day in 1692. Bridget Bishop after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft was hung.
A product of group insanity!
I had a good time last night! No, I did not go out. It was tuesday. I did my blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou.
I always enjoy doing the show. For some reason last night, I felt extremely good doing it. Perhaps the anti-Trump rhetoric.
Cocktails at 7 tonight.
Enjoy your day!