On this day in 1945, the world changed. Dramatically. The first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
One hundred forty thousand died. That day, 80,000. By the end of the year, an additional 60,000. Injured, 35,000.
Ninety buildings in Hiroshima. Twenty eight were left standing. Two hundred doctors. Only 20 left alive and capable of working. One thousand seven hundred eighty nurses. One hundred fifty left to tend the sick and dying.
The United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki 3 days later. Similar results.
The two bombs were the last time a nation has used nuclear weapons in war.
I take the time to share this bit of history because today we may be on the brink of such a war with North Korea. If such occurs, other nations who possess nuclear weapons will feel free to use theirs.
Nuclear war must be avoided. An American city could be the first to be hit.
Big day for the bar keeps today! The Battle of the Bars. A big time fun event. Noon. Schooner Wharf Bar.
William Hackley in his August 5, 1856 journal entry mentioned he came across a turtle’s nest of 123 eggs. I assume he dug them up and took them home to eat as he did once before. He would not have known the number had he not dug them up.
Today, Hackley would go to jail and/or a heavy fine. We protect our turtles! Federal and State laws.
The Poker Run died a couple of months ago because of no sponsor. It’s back again. Not several days as in the past. One day.
Tarpon Springs based Full Throttle magazine is providing the one day sponsorship.
Key West will not provide nothing. The police will be out of course. However, no extra departments have been called in for the event.
I think the one day event is a mistake. The underlying reason is biker gangs that have taken to attending these events. Some were here last year. I fear a gang or two might show up this year to indicate their displeasure with not being welcome.
One problem with the Key West City Commission is that it does not know how to say no to events. We already have too many.
Diana Millikan is back in town. We had dinner together last night at Outback.
Diana is a terrific researcher. She digs. Visits sites. Talks with old timers. It is amazing what she comes up with on occasion.
We are writing a book together.
She died research wise the past two months. I told her vacation time is over and to move her ass. I would like to see the book out in time for Christmas sales.
Joanie! Joanie! Friend from Don’s Place and bocce. Joanie is in Miami in Kendall Regional Hospital. First diagnosis was gall bladder. Doctors not sure.
Joanie works with Jimmy and John. The three were to start painting the inside of my new home in two weeks. Joanie to do the edging.
Love Joanie! Hope all that is within her passes quickly with a dose of one tablespoon of castor oil.
Suicide rates up dramatically with teenagers. Especially, teenage girls.
A study was completed in 2015. Ran from 2007 to 2015. Teenage girls at an all time high. Girl suicide doubled in the time span.
Teenage boys less. Suicide rate up 30 percent.
Reasons include substance abuse. Opiate and heroin overdoses. Also, lingering effects from the 2008 recession.
I have received a number of e-mails re my NO BLOG TODAY message yesterday. I was big time tired. Today, full of piss and vinegar.
Thank you for your concern.
Enjoy your Sunday!