Visitors from the north. Great White sharks.
Keys waters not necessarily where Great Whites are found. A bit too warm for them. Great Whites generally found to the north in cooler waters.
Two sightings the past few days. One 6 miles off Geiger Key. The other off Looe Key.
In each instance, the sightings were by persons fishing for yellow tail.
The Great White each time estimated to be 15 feet in length. Possibility exists it was the same Great White each time.
The one off Geiger Key came up to the boat with its jaws wide open. The one off Looe Key continued circling the boat for 3 hours. Those on the boat were able to touch the shark several times. Brave souls! Not bright, however.
Tonight the Great Sea Battle. Between the Conch Republic and forces of the United States. Sharks not involved.
Seven in the evening. Gulf side of the island.
The Conch Republic vessels pirate ships. The crew pirates. Limited bikinis for the females. Conch vessels will be firing cabbage, eggs, tomatoes and who knows what else. Also spouting sea water on opposing vessels.
The Conch Republic Air Force bi-planes. Pre- World War II vintage. Open cockpits. They will be dropping bombs on U.S. Coast Guard vessels. The bombs rolls of toilet paper which unfurl as they fall.
The U.S. Air Force will be Navy jets from Boca Chica.
Pre-World War II bi-planes fighting today’s jets. A sight to behold!
Mary and I will be watching the event with my Greek friends Theo and Dina. From Pier 1. Dinner at the outside deck. A walk back to the far outside deck to watch the battle.
A fun night!
Remember the fellow who jumped off a dock onto a pelican. He pled guilty this week to 4 charges. Sentenced to 90 days in jail. Received credit for the 40 days already served. Fined $1,000. Probation following release from jail for 1 year.
Florida continues to be a Republican state. Many of its citizens Trump supporters.
Sanctuary cities popular in many areas across the country. Trump cracking down on them. His most recent idea is to dump immigrants into sanctuary cities. Let them deal with the problem.
Florida going a step further. The Florida House of Representatives voted this week 69-47 in a party line vote to toughen opposition to sanctuary cities.
The bill requires local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities re migrants and also ban sanctuary city police from shielding immigrants who are arrested.
The Senate is expected to support the legislation. It is anticipated the Governor will sign it.
The ACLU has warned immigrants to avoid Florida. Not to travel to Florida.
Trumpies are such a welcoming people!
Accidents happen in war. Especially those where we accidentally kill our own.
On this day in 1942, the USS Sturtevant was leaving Key West via the Northwest Channel. The Sturtevant accidentally strayed into a US Navy minefield. The vessel was sunk. Seventeen Americans lost their lives.
Putin and Kim Jung Un are meeting in a summit this week in Russia. Surprisingly, one of the issues discussed is North Korea denuclearization. Putin announced North Korea is agreeable to denuclearization as long as it receives necessary assurances and protections that it will not be invaded, have nuclear weapons used against it, etc.
I doubt anything will come of it, except to draw Russia and North Korea closer. In opposition to the U.S., of course. One possibility is that if the U.S. in any way attacks, etc. North Korea, Russia will immediately step in to defend North Korea.
If such is the result, Trump will once again have screwed things up. He will unquestionably have allied 2 U.S. enemies closer than they were before. Kim Jung Un will have made a fool out of Trump, Pompeo, and Bolan. Putin will once more have out foxed Trump.
Disney World’s Abigail Disney does not beat around the bush. She calls it as she sees it.
Most recently she says the poor are poor because the rich are rich. The rich only care for themselves and manipulate things to their advantage. To the detriment of the poor.
She also says the rich are aided by big government. Big government primarily represents the rich and not the poor. Thereby making everything easy for the rich.
A measles update.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 695 cases this year alone in the U.S. An epidemic without question.
Another set of numbers reports in New York City alone since October 285 cases. Last year during the same period, only 2 cases.
The primary reason for the outbreak is what is described as the anti-vaccination group. Parents opposed for medical and/or religious reasons to measles vaccinations.
Another study reflects that between the years 2010 and 2017, 21 million children world wide remained unvaccinated.
All of the preceding contribute to the opinion that unless those required to be vaccinated get vaccinated soon, measles will obtain a sustained stronghold in the U.S.
Vaccinations are front page news world wide today. Understandable in view of he measles epidemic. Many studies being done. The findings difficult to belief in certain instances.
An example the comparison between the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. mandates many type vaccinations. Japan has no vaccination mandates. Never the less, Japanese children are growing up healthier than U.S. children.
Japan’s population is 127 million. Japan’s children are the healthiest and have the healthiest life expectancy world wide. While being the least vaccinated of any developed country.
The U.S. infant mortality rate is the highest of any comparable nation world wide. The U.S. infant mortality rate reflects more children dying at birth and in the first year of their lives.
A study was done in 2014 comparing infant mortality. The U.S. had the highest number. Japan the lowest. Per every 1,000, the U.S. deaths were 5.8 compared to Japan’s 2.1.
Enjoy your day!