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Starting Tuesday, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new, Florida driver license and ID card that officials say will be much more secure.

The new credential will only be available at select locations in August, which do not include Alachua, Lake, Marion or Sumter counties. New locations will be added monthly until the new credentials are available at all service centers throughout Florida and online by the end of December. Communications Director Beth Frady said the additional locations will be added to the website: www.flhsmv.gov/newD at the start of each month.

As to why the move is being made, a news release from the department stated: “The new credential design incorporates nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet ink and optically variable features.”

The new credentials will feature header colors that denote the type of license the customer holds, such as driver’s license and learner’s permit.

Credentials held by those under age 21 will display a red box on the front that shows the date through which the person will be under the age of 21.

 
 
 
 
 
Just a few months ago, in May, we reported that our local Araba Shrine Center's Motorcycle Drill Team competed and won first place in the State wide competition for the second year in a row! 
 
They did it again! This time at the International Shrine Competition held in Daytona, the competition was held inside the infield at Daytona Speedway. 
 
So how did they do it? "When we started this Drill Team, there were only four of us that first year, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but you have to start somewhere", said Fred Petersen, one of the original members of the team. "We get together once a week, sometimes twice a week to work on our routine", he said, adding, "All the hard work was worth it! What a great feeling to take both honors, 1st in State and 1st at International in the same year.... "
 
"I like to describe Drill competition as synchronized swimming but with full dresser Harley's", one of the wives told me, requesting to remain anonymous. "They do all this to raise money while having fun. The team also took 2nd place in the "obstacle course" competition, 3rd place in the “trike obstacle course”  and 3rd place in the "slow ride" competition whereby the riders have to maneuver their big bikes as slow as possible through a 15' wide by 30' long U turn and come back out the other side without putting a foot down",  she added, “They ride so kids can walk”.
 
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The current Drill Team has eight members, Captain Ed Lawler, Dodd Skipper, Gary Manning,  Dave More, Gill Drake, Fred Petersen, Russ Baneck and Bobby Mimmo.
 
The Drill Team is part of the Araba Motor Escort Patrol unit at our local Shrine; The Araba Shrine Center is located at 2010 Hanson Street, a few blocks north of the Edison Mall. You have seen the MEP in local parades doing maneuvers such as figure 8's, small circles, criss crosses and their infamous "rolling stone" maneuver which they also use as their exit move in the Drill Competitions.
 
Shriners raise monies for their philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. There are 22 hospitals in North America, 20 in the US, 1 in Canada and 1 in Mexico. Our closest Shrine Hospital is in Tampa. 
 
I was so impressed with these guys that I asked how I could become a Shriner..... so Araba's Illustrious Sir Harry Crossland gave me contact information to the Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge, this is the closest Masonic Lodge near my residence, apparently, you have to become a Freemason before you can be a Shriner. 
 
If you would like to be a Shriner, you can get contact information to your closest Masonic Lodge in all states at: http://www.masonic-lodge-of-education.com/masonic-lodge-locations.html
 
Al DiPasquale
 
Friday, 04 August 2017 11:19

CONTRACT WITH REPUBLICANS

 
In 1994, after 40 years in the wilderness, Republicans swept both houses of Congress, running on Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America," in which the GOP promised to hold votes on 10 popular policies in the first 100 days. They won, fulfilled the contract, and went on to control the House for more than a decade. 
 
More recently, the country gave the GOP the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016. But we're not seeing any difference. The GOP has become a ratchet, never reversing Democratic victories, but only confirming them with teeny-tiny alterations. 
 
It's time for the voters to issue a "Contract With Republicans." Unless our elected representatives can complete these basic, simple tasks, we're out. There will be no reason to care about the GOP, anymore. 
 
Whether these objectives are accomplished by President Trump or a rhesus monkey, the Democrats, the Bull Moose Party or the U.S. Pirate Party -- it will make no difference to us. We just need somebody to fulfill this contract in order to get our vote. 
 
Here are our first three contract terms. 
 
1) BUILD THE WALL 
 
People said the chant, "Build the wall!" was mere shorthand for a whole slew of immigration policies, unified by the single idea of putting Americans' interests if not "first," then at least "above the interests of complete strangers to whom we owe absolutely nothing." It was called a term of art, meaning we want to stop sacrificing the welfare of our nation on the altar of liberal idiocy. 
 
"Build the wall" was said to entail: a Muslim ban, deporting illegals, ending unconstitutional sanctuary cities, ending Obama's unconstitutional "executive amnesty," a dead-stop to the refugee scam and a massive reduction in legal immigration. 
 
Yes, it means all that. But it also means: Build the wall. 
 
If this is done only for reasons of conservative ideology, in recognition of the fact that the United States is a sovereign nation, entitled to protect its homeland, that's fine with me.
 
But I note in passing that, if I were a progressive constantly virtue-signaling on transgenders and refugees, and occasionally pretending to care about African-Americans, the very last thing I'd want to see is the continuing dump of low-wage workers on the country, undermining black fathers' ability to earn a living, to stay married and to pass down savings and a work ethic to their children. 
 
The great civil rights hero Barbara Jordan understood that. The fact that our current low-rent liberals are unable to rise to her level is all the proof we need of their uselessness. 
 
Moreover, in the future, we will once again have presidents with a taste for fascist executive orders, purporting to grant "amnesty" to illegal aliens. We will continue to have bought-and-paid-for legislators, pushing cheap labor in return for campaign donations. In the blink of an eye, they can undo every part of Trump's America First agenda on immigration, just as Obama undid our victory in Iraq. 
 
A wall is the only part of Trump's immigration reforms that will not be instantly reversed by the next Barack Obama or George Bush. Allowing border patrol agents to do their jobs is a policy that lasts only as long as Trump is president. A wall is forever. 
 
2) SUPREME COURT 
 
Republicans need to stop having their victories written in wet sand. During the campaign, Trump vowed to impose a Muslim ban if elected; both political parties hysterically denounced him; he won the election; issued a highly modified, temporary travel restriction from a handful of majority Muslim countries; and ... a handful of carefully selected federal court judges announced that, during the Trump administration, they would be implementing immigration policy. 
 
That's why President Trump must appoint, and the Senate confirm, brilliant conservative judges, preferably in their 30s and with good EKGs, so that they can keep issuing opinions well into their 90s. 
 
As long as they are sufficiently vetted to ensure we're getting no David Souters or Harriet Miers -- vettings even MORE exhaustive than the alleged rectal probes given to the San Bernardino terrorists before admitting them to commit mass murder -- Supreme Court justices can have nearly the same permanence as the wall. 
 
3) STOP WASTING MONEY AND PRECIOUS LIVES ON POINTLESS WARS 
 
The left is way ahead of us on this one, already hard at work turning the greatest military in the world into taxpayer-funded adventures in lesbianism and transgenderism. (Sorry, taxpayers! We gave your Social Security to mental-case penis-choppers.) 
 
Every recent war has been counterproductive at best. At worst, they have been meat-grinders for our bravest young men. Imagine that some small portion of the trillions of dollars poured into the endless -- and ongoing! -- war in Afghanistan had been used to build a 100,000-seat soccer stadium in Baghdad. And then imagine that we built 100 more just like it, right next to one another. 
 
If we had taken a satellite photo of all those stadiums filled to capacity, the caption would be: "Not one American life is worth all the lives pictured here." 
 
That's not anti-Arab. I'm sure they would feel exactly the same. I would respond, "Yes, of course, you're right to feel that way." 
 
If we're ever attacked, we should be prepared to unload our full arsenal. But it's not our job to create functioning democracies in primitive rape-based societies around the globe. 
 
Apart from an attack on U.S. soil by a foreign country, we are going to live our lives, go to work, celebrate the Fourth of July, and never bother learning the difference in Sunni and Shia Arabs. Once a decade, when we fleetingly remember Yemen or Saudi Arabia, we will hope they're doing well, then get back to our lives -- surrounded by a wall and living in a constitutional democracy, where our greatest young men aren't continually sacrificed in pointless wars. 
 
Ann Coulter
Friday, 04 August 2017 08:13

Pick of the WEEK

 
This week we venture into a bargain that brings to mind the expression, "Too good to be true". That is exactly what I thought when I heard that we had a restaurant serving all you can eat sushi and sashimi for under $14.00. 
 
Normally I stay away from all you can eat sushi places, the ones I have tried in the past were a disappointment. So when I saw that this place not only had sushi but also served sashimi, (which is sushi without all the white rice,) I have to admit I was skeptical to say the least. 
 
I'm glad to say that we were pleasantly surprised by Jing Du.  This local eatery, located at 13300 S Cleveland Ave, Suite 53, Fort Myers was so busy both times we went that the food is very fresh, which is one of the main concerns of "all you can eat" sushi places. 
 
The buffet is quite impressive, not only for the quality of the sushi but they have another section for chinese food too, with soups, (my favorite is the hot and sour) crab rangoon, chicken wings, different stir fries, baked salmon, boneless chicken teriyaki and more and more. 
 
They also have a Hibachi Grill section where you can tell the cook what items you'd like and they prepare a hot dish for you fresh.
 
We went two times because I wanted to see what the difference was, if any, between the lunch and dinner menu items. 
 
At dinner they offer additional items, like raw Oysters freshly shucked on the half shell, a half dozen of these will cost you quite a bit at other eateries, (but you can have all you care to eat here!) Bone in spare ribs and the sashimi are also only offered on the dinner menu as well.
 
Then if you still have any room, there's another section just for desserts even Ice cream..... 
 
We recommend going after 4:30 to take advantage of the additional items offered only on the dinner menu for only a few extra dollars, but the lunch was great too.
 
See below for 10% to 15% off coupons.
 jing du web
 
Till next issue.... Buon' Apetito!
 
Peter Dellaforte
 
SUMMERTIME IS HARD FOR SOME AMERICANS
 
According to a fact sheet released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), an average of 31 million students benefits from free or reduced lunches. By providing subsidies to approved school districts, this program ensures that no child stumbles through algebra on an empty stomach. When the school year ends, however, many low-income children struggle with summertime hunger.
 
Derrick Lambert, a program manager with No Kid Hungry, is cognizant of the dangers posed by summertime hunger. “We know that when access to school breakfast and lunch goes away, rates of hunger increase,” he said in a press release. No Kid Hungry estimates that four million American children struggle with summertime hunger.
 
Lambert’s next statement, however, lightened the mood. “But we also know that a solution exists.”
A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO SUMMERTIME HUNGER
 
In 2013, No Kid Hungry collaborated with the USDA to tackle a major hurdle to summertime nutrition: a lack of awareness. “One of the biggest barriers to kids taking part in this program is that families simply don’t know that help is available,” said Lambert in a press release.
 
The two organizations created a free texting service that connects families and community leaders with local meal sites. Accessing the service is simple:
 
Text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877.
 
Put in your zip code or address. You then receive an address and service times for up to three meal sites in your area. While this texting program was once victim to relatively low participation, receiving just 55,000 texts last year, its popularity surged by nearly 600 percent in 2017.
 
THE CREATORS OF THE SOLUTION
 
Now that we know about this text-based solution, let’s learn more about the players involved.
The first of these, No Kid Hungry, is a non-profit working to end child hunger in America. This program has existed, in one form or another, since 1984. While it once battled against starvation in Ethiopia, it now focuses solely on domestic issues. 
 
The US Department of Agriculture, on the other hand, is a government entity that oversees “food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues.” More information can be found on their website. www.usda.gov
 
If you or your family struggles with hunger, consider texting 877-877 .
 
Ladyfreethinker.org
 
Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:37

TOUGHEST SPORT ON DIRT

    
On Friday July 28 at 8pm and Saturday July 29th at 8pm, Germain Arena and Coconut Point Ford will be host to the ultimate cowboys (and the beasts who dislike them) for the PBR Touring Pro Division Bull Riders. The vision of fearless men in fringed leather chaps, 10-gallon hats, heavy metal spurs and buckles. This an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping night of skill and adrenaline pumping performances, which will leave you on the edge of your seat with excitement.
   
The rules are simple. Place a wiry 150lb (+/-) cowboy on the back of a hulking, snorting temperamental 2,000lb bull and see if he can ride the beast for an eternal eight seconds...with one hand strapped to the bull's massive backside.
   
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In 1992, when 20 bull riders from the rodeo circuit came together to give life to a dream they all shared, they never imagined it would so quickly develop into what has officially been declared the fastest growing sport in America – the PBR. The riders pooled their resources - $1,000 each - and broke away from the confines of the rodeo format to make bull riding, the most popular of the seven events in traditional rodeo, a standalone sport and take it to major markets across the United States.
 
Today the visionary founders are riding a wave of popularity as the PBR continues its charge as one of the fastest-growing properties in the history of sports.  Those first 20 bull riders had turned their $1,000 into millions.
   
The concept is simple enough: match the world’s best bull riding athletes against the toughest animal athletes on the planet in an 8-second man versus beast duel. Put the cowboys against one another in a season-long battle to claim the year-end title of PBR World Champion, and with that, a share of more than $10 million in prize money including the $1 million year-end bonus for the season’s best bull rider. Of course, it’s only simple until you strap a tough and determined 150lb (+/-) cowboy to the back of a temperamental 2,000lb bull. The result is unparalleled action where danger, drama and heroic accomplishments are just a part of the game.
   
The PBR brings, “The Toughest Sport on Dirt,” to major venues nationwide, where the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete week in and week out on the televised Built Ford Tough Series. Each event is wrapped in a rock concert environment, complete with pulsating music, explosive pyrotechnics and fast-paced production. The combination of intense sports action and world-class production can’t be rivaled by any other major league sport.
   
The PBR is experiencing unprecedented growth in global and domestic appeal. Today more than 600 bull riders from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico hold PBR memberships. They compete in more than 300 bull riding events each year on either the nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Velocity Tour or the Touring Pro Division. There are also tours in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The ultimate goal is to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, the richest bull riding event on the planet, with the winner receiving the World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million dollar bonus.
   
The combination of raw sports and quality entertainment has propelled live attendance growth as well. Annual attendance of more than 3 million fans each season indicates that the PBR is making an indelible impression.
   
Professional bull riding is a fierce, rough, and grueling sport with roots deeply imbedded in American culture. It's America's original extreme sport.
 
 
When Bob Dylan tells the story of Bob Dylan, he often starts at a concert by rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly in the winter of 1959.
 
At least, that's where he started in his recent Nobel Prize for Literature lecture.
 
Something mysterious about Holly "filled me with conviction," said Dylan. "He looked me right straight dead in the eye and he transmitted something. Something, I didn't know what. And it gave me the chills."
 
Days later, Holly died in a plane crash. Right after that, someone gave Dylan a recording of "Cotton Fields" by folk legend Lead Belly. It was "like I'd been walking in darkness and all of the sudden the darkness was illuminated. It was like somebody laid hands on me," said Dylan.
 
That story probably sounded "rather strange to lots of people," said Scott Marshall, author of the new book "Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life."
 
"What happens when somebody lays hands on you? If people don't know the Bible, then who knows what they'll think that means? ... Dylan is saying he felt called to some new work, like he was being ordained. That's just the way Dylan talks. That's who he is."
 
For millions of true believers, Dylan was a prophetic voice of the 1960s and all that followed. Then his intense embrace of Christianity in the late 1970s infuriated many fans and critics. Ever since, Dylan has been surrounded by arguments -- often heated -- about the state of his soul.
 
The facts reveal that Dylan had God on his mind long before his gospel-rock trilogy, "Slow Train Coming," "Saved" and "Shot of Love."
 
One civil rights activist, the Rev. Bert Cartwright, catalogued all the religious references in Dylan's 1961-78 works, before the "born-again" years. In all, 89 out of 246 Dylan songs or liner notes -- 36 percent -- contained Bible references. Cartwright found 190 Hebrew Bible allusions and 197 to Christian scriptures.
 
Also, Dylan told People magazine in 1975: "I didn't consciously pursue the Bob Dylan myth. It was given to me -- by God. ... I don't care what people expect of me. It doesn't concern me. I'm doing God's work. That's all I know."
 
What does that mean? Marshall collected material from stacks of published interviews and has concluded that two words perfectly describe Dylan's approach to answering these questions: "inscrutability" and "irascibility." Plus, it's hard to know when Dylan is being "serious, cranky or playful."
 
Nevertheless, faith language always plays a central role. Marshall cites waves of examples, including a time when Dylan was asked if his raucous "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" -- with its "everybody must get stoned" chant -- was code for getting high. Dylan wryly noted that many critics "aren't familiar with the Book of Acts."
 
In his Nobel lecture, Dylan also stressed the role great literature has played in his life, dating back to grammar school days. Once again, there were religious themes.
 
"Moby-Dick," for example, combined all "the myths: the Judeo-Christian Bible, Hindu myths, British legends, St. George, Perseus, Hercules -- they're all whalers."
 
"All Quiet on the Western Front" mixed politics, nihilism and horror, and Dylan noted that he has never read another war novel. In that book, "You're on the real iron cross, and a Roman soldier's putting a sponge of vinegar to your lips."
 
With "The Odyssey," he said readers have to live the tale, wrestling with gods and goddesses. "Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies."
 
In the end, said Dylan, a song's impact on each person is what matters. "I don't have to know what a song means," he said. "I've written all kinds of things into my songs. And I'm not going to worry about it -- what it all means."
 
Marshall believes one thing should be obvious: If Dylanologists want to understand Dylan's life and art, they will have to wrestle with all of his songs, including those drenched in God-talk. Biblical literacy is an essential skill in that work.
 
The bottom line is clear, according to Hollywood director Scott Derrickson, writing in the book's foreword: "Dylan has never recanted a single line from a single song."
 
 
Terry Mattingly
 
 
In the '60s my parents opened a small diner near downtown Los Angeles. As a child, I watched my parents sitting at the kitchen table, discussing their plans for what they considered a huge expansion of the business — hiring a dishwasher.
 
But my parents kept putting off the decision, in large part because of a proposed minimum-wage hike. This would've made the additional employee, as I recall my parents concluding, "too expensive."
 
This brings us to the impact of recent minimum wage hikes in California. The owner of a small restaurant told me that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti invited several small business owners to city hall to discuss the impact of a proposed minimum wage hike.
 
Several brought profit-and-loss statements. Each business person, the small restaurant owner said, tried to convince the Democratic mayor that their profit margins were too small to take the wage hike without laying people off, cutting hours or raising prices, which usually means a falloff in business.
 
At the end of the meeting the mayor simply said, "I feel confident that you can absorb the cost."
 
A new study by two researchers, one with Mathematica Policy Research and the other with Harvard Business School, focused on "the impact of the minimum wage on restaurant closures using data from the San Francisco Bay area." The researchers concluded that "a $1 increase in the minimum wage leads to approximately a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of exit." They wrote: "The evidence suggests that higher minimum wages increase overall exit rates for restaurants. However, lower quality restaurants, which are already closer to the margin of exit, are disproportionately impacted by increases to the minimum wage."
 
So the most vulnerable restaurants — the more "affordable" ones — appear to be the most hurt by a minimum wage hike.
In January, the East Bay Times reported that 60 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area had shuttered their doors since September. Even the mighty have fallen. The Fresno Bee recently wrote: "Joining San Francisco's restaurant die-off was rising star AQ, which in 2012 was named a James Beard Award finalist for the best new restaurant in America. The restaurant's profit margins went from a reported 8.5 percent in 2012 to 1.5 percent by 2015. Most restaurants are thought to require margins of 3 and 5 percent."
 
In San Diego, voters approved an $11.50 per hour minimum wage for 2017, up from an $8 minimum wage in June 2014. This is an increase of 44 percent -- in just two and a half years! The San Diego Union Tribune recently reported: "Evidence has emerged of an economic dark side to San Diego's decision last year to vault over the state minimum wage — it may have already destroyed thousands of jobs for low-wage workers even as higher pay helps tens of thousands of others.
 
"Consider the restaurant industry, for example, which economists study because it relies on low-wage workers, yet generally faces no foreign or out-of-state competition. Amid an abrupt slowdown in growth, nearly 4,000 food-service jobs may have been cut or not created throughout San Diego County from the beginning of 2016 through February of this year."
 
The now-defunct organization called the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now came to California years ago to gather signatures on a petition for a ballot measure to increase minimum wage. Incredibly, ACORN sued the state to exempt itself from the then-current minimum wage and overtime laws. In its filings, ACORN said, "The more ACORN must pay each individual outreach worker —
either because of minimum wage or overtime requirements — the fewer outreach workers it will be able to hire."
 
 
Can't make this stuff up.
 
 
When George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, left the Senate, he bought the Stratford Inn, a small Connecticut inn and restaurant. It went bust and he blamed, in part, the very kind regulations he passed as a politician devoid of business experience.
 
"I wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee," said McGovern. "... I learned by owning the Stratford Inn is that legislators and government regulators must more carefully consider the economic and management burdens we have been imposing on U.S. businesses. ... Many businesses, especially small independents such as the Stratford Inn, simply can't pass such costs on to their customers and remain competitive or profitable."
 
As for the mayor of Los Angeles, it should be noted that he worked on a Ph.D.at the London School of Economics. But at this famed institute, Garcetti did not study economics. He studied "ethnicity and nationalism."
 
Makes sense.
 
Larry Elder
Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:16

New Discoveries: Cycles in Time

 
New discoveries have overturned 150 years of scientific thinking when it comes to us, you and me, the way we think about ourselves, one another and about the world, from undeniable evidence. 
 
There is a new story emerging, one that gives us a lot of answers and beckons us to ask some new questions too...
 
How can we be resilient in the world that's growing more volatile by the day? How can we thrive in the new "normal" that is already with us, already here right now unless we are honest with ourselves about what is actually going on. 
 
We need to examine these new discoveries, and what they are telling us, what they mean in our lives. What is causing these extremes we are seeing in our world? Why are they happening right now?  
 
These new discoveries are telling us.... it's all about cycles, cycles of time!
 
Unfortunately we are not seeing any of this in traditional mainstream media, they have their own agendas of global warming being caused by the "Human Race", it's not being discussed in textbooks or in classrooms either, for much the same reasons.
 
Scientific evidence now recognizes that we are living in a rare convergence of three cycles of change; cycles of climates, economic cycles and cycles of human conflict.
 
Through new discoveries we now know these are natural cycles, they follow natural rhythms that we can predict and we can calculate because evidence shows these cycles appear on a regular basis.
 
That's what makes the time we are in now so unique. All three of these cycles are appearing at the same time, they're colliding right now............. and it's happening in our lifetime.
 
The primary source of information about the history of our planet comes from the sea floor sediments and core samples scientists pull up out of the oceans, it comes from ancient tree ring data but the problem with this is that tree rings only go back a couple thousand years and it comes from Ice core samples that we find in the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland.
 
ice core
 
These core samples hold a tremendous amount of information which can be read by scientists who know how to read these samples, as you and I would read pages of a book.
 
Each year when a new layer of ice is deposited, that layer captures the information of what is going on in our atmosphere, if there was a volcanic eruption then they'll find volcanic dust particles, if the wind has blown pollen grains from Europe then we know that too.
 
From the ice cores we can tell a tremendous amount of information as in how strong the magnetic fields have been in the past, how strong the sun was, how high the sea levels were, tremendous amount of information and here's the best thing they tell us, we can tell what the ancient temperatures were.
 
The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) drilled at a site called Dome C in Antarctica that was 3233 miles above sea level, they were able to drill a 3270 .2 miles long core sample containing over 740,000 layers, each layer representing one year.
 
Another collaborative ice drilling project between Russia, the United States, and France was drilled 350 miles north of Dome C at Lake Vostok, that core had over 420,000 layers.
 
The information from the two drill sites gives us 420,000+ years of our past to compare with today. To see if there is something wrong. To see if the Earth is "broken", to understand if something truly anomalous is happening right now.
 
chart 1 A
 
In the Graph A, you are seeing the two different ice cores. In blue, the EPICA ice core  and in green, the Vostic ice core, in red, is the thickness of the ice of the corresponding timeline. Even if you know nothing about how to read this information, you can see the cycles, you can see the rhythms, it is not your imagination..... there are obvious visible cycles and cycles within cycles.
 
We are at 0, on the left of the graph now and 450,000 years ago is on the right. When you look at the blue or green ice cores, and the volume of the ice, what we see is they agree with one another, times when the temperature of the earth have ebbed and flowed, when it's been warmer and when it's been cooler and when it happens in one place it happens in another place as well.
 
So if we look at the graph today, we are above the average temperatures and we can expect temperatures to be higher and ice volume lower because of the cycle we are in. We should be concerned if we were not experiencing higher temperatures because this evidence shows us it has happened in the past and should be happening now.
 
The real question we should be asking now is how much warmer is normal, how much warming should we really be seeing?
 
chart 1a
 
Graph B comes from the ice core data and the sea floor sediment data and represents earth temperatures, 0 being today, with the graph going back 2000 years. The green line we see in the center represents the average temperatures over these past 2000 years. The graph shows us where we have seen temperatures above and below that average.
 
We clearly see that today we are above normal than the average but are we warmer now than be have been in the past? Absolutely not!!!  We see by the chart that we are no way near the other high temperatures that have been reached in the past. In the 1200 to 1300's AD temperatures were almost twice the anomaly we are seeing right now, back in the years 800 to 1000 AD temperatures were three times where they are now, this time in history is a time that scientists refer to as MWP or Medieval Warming Period.
 
Can you imagine being three times as warm as we are now without the modern technologies that allow us to remain comfortable? I remember from my history lessons that this era in history was known as the Dark Ages when scientific and cultural advances came to a virtual stop. 
 
Maybe it was just too hot!
 
Look to our next issue for this continuing story, where we will be exploring this subject of cycles further, and looking at other new discoveries and how they relate to us, today!
Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:14

CHAIRMAN OF THE BORED

 
People say golf is boring. Boy, is it ever. I know because I'm out there every sunny day being bored to death. I guess the "golf is boring" crowd thinks someone my age should be out there playing something much more exciting, like football or field hockey or basketball. Sorry guys, but despite what you see in the commercials for Cialis and just-for-men vitamins, most people my age cannot windsurf or run marathons or marry women 45 years younger than we are. Although I'm a boring old man who plays golf, I never seem to have time to sit on the sofa and watch hour after hour of non-boring TV shows about extreme cooking, the housewives of who cares, guessing the prices of things I don't want, buying houses I can't afford in foreign lands and "Judge Judy." What's surprising is how many people who never get off the sofa think that playing golf is boring. But I have an idea that would make golf much more exciting for them. Cheerlea ders!
 
Why is it that just football and basketball have cheerleaders? Because, obviously, they are boring sports. Otherwise, why would they need cheerleaders to spice things up? Why don't baseball, hockey, tennis, swimming, skiing, track and field and curling have cheerleaders? Think of the benefits. Every time a baseball player looks as if he's going to scratch or spit -- boom -- the camera could go to the cheerleaders. It wouldn't make the game go any faster, but it might seem like it. It sure works for football. It's funny that the people who complain about the slow pace of baseball will happily sit in front of the TV for four or five hours to watch a one-hour football game. Many, many more hours if they watch the pre- and post-game shows that endlessly talk about the stuff the fans are about to, or just did see. Talk about boring. The pace of a televised football game makes a round of golf or a baseball game seem like an action-packed and blazingly fast video game.
 
The word "boring" interests me. It's been my experience that people who say they are bored, are boring. Books should be written about it, it is the cause of much suffering.
 
It's a big world, there's plenty to do, there's plenty that needs to be done. You could be learning to speak French, you could be volunteering at a soup kitchen, you could be reading a best-seller, you could be calling your friends, you could be listening to music, you could be exercising, bowling, ice skating, knitting, hiking, fishing, gardening, playing cards, games, jigsaw puzzles -- the list is endless. Why, you could even golf. Certainly, you can find something you like to do no matter how small your town or how remote it is. Being bored is a choice.
 
Why would anyone choose to be bored? Because nothing comes up to their high standards of not being boring. Instead, the bored get into cars, they text, they drink, they go too fast and crash into trees. YouTube is full of bored people accidentally lighting themselves on fire, destroying their own cars, chopping down the wrong trees, hurting themselves in innumerable and unspeakable ways. It's like that old joke: What are the last words of a bored redneck? "Hey guys, watch this!"
 
Not bored now, are you? Oh, I forgot, there is nothing on Earth more boring than waiting for some painkiller in the emergency room while more serious cases are taken inside as you sit in the waiting room bleeding and in agony. The good news is that you're keeping a lot of EMTs, nurses and doctors from being bored. Yeah, golfing is so boring. I can't believe I'm going to do it again tomorrow.
 
Jim Mullen

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