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Current location: Tampa, Florida
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Alias - HABanero(passion) E-9-1-1(career, retired telco engineering) HHC 3rd Bde, 2nd Inf Div, Korea DMZ HHC 197th Bde, 3rd Army, Ft. Benning Ga

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Ignorant Sen James Risch, R Wishes Navy a Happy Birthday with Photo of Chinese-Made Warship

A U.S. senator’s birthday greeting Wednesday to the U.S. Navy on Twitter turned out to be anything but happy after commenters noticed the photo of a ship accompanying the tweet was not one of the Navy’s.

“For 246 years, the @USNavy has answered the call to defend America from threats abroad so we can remain safe at home,” Sen. James Risch, an Idaho Republican, wrote. “Today, we celebrate them.”

Below the message was the U.S. Navy logo over a somewhat shaded photo of a large, gray vessel.

“Not a U.S. ship,” Dave Brown, defense editor at Politico, tweeted back. “Appears to be a Pattani-class offshore patrol vessel belonging to the Royal Thai Navy, which means in it was built by China.”

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/10/14/idaho-senator-wishes-navy-happy-birthday-photo-of-chinese-made-warship.html

YAY! Facebook down worldwide!

I wonder...........

As the Firespike matures

the tips of the blooms form a curly appendage, a perfect perch for a Blue Dasher. Very low light so the depth of field is not what I would want, but not too shabby.

A conversation with Ken Burns on making 'Muhammad Ali'

This section really hit home for me, as I was drafted in the Marines in 1969 but joined the Army and indeed went to Korea instead:

(Interviewer) Pride: I was in the Army for four years beginning in 1966, but I never doubted that Ali did the right thing in refusing the draft. Part of me even wished I had done the same. But I sought a different way out, enlisting after I was drafted in exchange for an assignment that I thought — correctly, as it turned out — would keep me out of Vietnam.

Burns: Tim O’Brien (Vietnam combat veteran and author), in our Vietnam film, said that it was the cowardly thing to do to say yes. In the Ali film, Salim Muwakkil (Chicago journalist) says, “I was in the service at the time, and you think I’d be angry at Ali, but I wasn’t.” We cut from him to three Americans in Vietnam saying, “This is what I’m fighting for. He gets to do this.” They have gotten there, and they realize he knows exactly what’s right: Why are we being sent halfway around the world to kill people who never did anything bad to us? That happens when we’re at home. They kill us just because of the color of our skin.

https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2021/09/18/a-conversation-with-ken-burns-on-making-muhammad-ali-column/

Fire Spike now in bloom and Hummingbirds are back


Fla. forecast to report more than 83,000 new cases of COVID per day

TAMPA, Fla. — As Florida continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant, the latest forecast from the Mayo Clinic offers up a sobering look at what is likely coming for the state just one day before school starts.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 forecast tool, almost all of Florida will have cases above 100 per 100,000 and most of the counties around Tampa will be reporting more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

Statewide, the Mayo Clinic forecast tool said Florida will be reporting a seven-day rolling average of 49,398 cases of COVID-19 per day by August 9, a 132% increase from the current numbers. The overall range showed Florida could be reporting just 31,357 cases on the low end or 83,548 on the high end.

Looking at the county level, the numbers show a rapidly spreading disease. Hillsborough County is expected to be reporting 3,744 new cases of COVID-19 daily and will have 277 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000. If those numbers prove accurate, Hillsborough will see an increase in daily cases and per 100,000 cases of 152% from today’s numbers. While that’s high, other counties will see an even larger jump.

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/coronavirus/fla-forecast-to-report-more-than-83-000-new-cases-of-covid-per-day-by-aug-9

Ron DeSatan may lose his mind

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/28/ford-reinstates-mask-mandates-at-facilities-in-missouri-and-florida.html

Ford is reinstating mask requirements for workers and visitors at facilities in Missouri and Florida, both of which are considered emerging hot spots for a new Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The company also will require U.S. employees planning international business travel to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker confirmed Wednesday.

“The health and safety of our workforce continues to be our top priority. With a data-driven approach to our global COVID-19 protocols and the increase in cases in specific U.S. regions, Ford is reinstating face mask protocols in select states,” Felker said in an emailed statement. “We will continue to evaluate COVID-19 case data to make further protocol changes.”

IR photographers!

What do you use for IR photography? I read an article with instructions for removing the filter covering the sensor, of a purposely purchased, relatively cheap camera to be dedicated to the purpose.

Are there other options? TIA!

In line at Home Depot

garden center and an old couple is ahead of us, maskless, which is now optional, purchasing several items which included two very thin 6' trim pieces of what I think was pine. They get into it with the cashier, seems they thought each was $1.19, and find out each are $1.19 a foot, so they no longer want them. Old guy says to the cashier, "It's all Biden's fault, he stopped the lumber!" His wife says, "Shut up, no one wants to hear that stuff".

#1, what does "Biden stopped the lumber!" even mean?
#2. If I wasn't so chicken I would have asked her if she knew he was an asshole when she married him.
#3. If I wasn't so chicken, I would have asked him how he liked my new pair of Joe Biden Commemorative Aviators I was wearing.

#4. I'm so chicken because anyone so un-selfaware as to be yammering like that at the register probably is packing as overcompensation for low self esteem anyway. 😁

Here in west central Florida (edit to add Turkey Vulture)

the summer routine is heat builds over the center of the state and forms huge thunderstorms every afternoon that move to the west. So the return of daily afternoon showers bring a variety of birds riding the wind currents in front of the storm. They rarely have to flap their wings, just soaring in circles, pushing west.

I would not claim these to be of the highest quality photos, they are cropped quite a bit, sharpened and de-noised. The birds are very high and all were taken with 1000-1200 mm lenses with 10lbs of camera and lens pressed against my nose, looking straight up!

Love this Heron out in front of the storm, sky still blue, almost an X-Ray of the wings


Heron just before the rain and sky has darkened


Swallow-tailed Kite


Anhinga, from the Tupi Indians in Brazil, meaning "devil bird" or "evil spirit of the woods."


Hawk


Wood Stork


Turkey vulture


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