Teachers and an Amazing Story

I recently found a reference to an article by Nick Kristof of the New York Times. It took me a while to find it but here it is 5 years old but a magnificent story, and one that gives real hope to our public education system.

Read it, you won’t be disappointed and there is a reason that this country was great, it still is.

Mrs. Grady the Teacher

Pluto….latest news

You may recall an earlier post which was a bumper sticker saying “Honk if you think Pluto is a planet.”
Well here is the latest on what was once an all but forgotten terrestrial neighbor, the Spiral Nebula.

This is the time of the year when Orion is most visible in the Southern sky. I can still pick out the dippers, casseopia, the pleides and a few other stars and planets.  Here are some facts about the Great Spiral Nebula in the constellation Andromeda

Distance to Earth: 2,538,000 light years
Age: 9 billion years
Stars: 1 trillion

The nebula appears as a faint star in the Constellation Andromeda, barely visable to the naked eye and the light from those trillion stars left there 2.5 million years ago.

Look on my works ye mighty and dispair.

The Latest Chicken Little Theory- Or Select One of the Below

80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2016, Economist Warns

Several noted economists and distinguished investors are warning of a stock market crash.

Billionaire Carl Icahn, for example, recently raised a red flag on a national broadcast when he declared, “The public is walking into a trap again as they did in 2007.”

And the prophetic economist Andrew Smithers warns, “U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued.”

Smithers backs up his prediction using a ratio which proves that the only time in history stocks were this risky was 1929 and 1999. And we all know what happened next. Stocks fell by 89% and 50%, respectively.

Even the Royal Bank of Scotland says the markets are flashing stress alerts akin to the 2008 crisis. They told their clients to “Sell Everything” because “in a crowded hall, the exit doors are small.”

Stocks like Apple, will plunge.

But there is one distinct warning that should send chills down your spine … that of James Dale Davidson. Davidson is the famed economist who correctly predicted the collapse of 1999 and 2007.

Davidson now warns, “There are three key economic indicators screaming SELL. They don’t imply that a 50% collapse is looming – it’s already at our doorstep.”

And if Davidson calls for a 50% market correction, one should pay heed.

If all this worries you see the Below:

DOW 50,000!

A massive stock market rally is at our doorstep, according to several noted economists and distinguished investors.

Larry Edelson, a Money and Markets editor, predicts: “The Dow Jones Industrial will lead the way higher and catapult to 31,000 over the next two years.”

Ron Baron, CEO of Baron Capital, thinks: “It’s going to be 30,000.”

Jeffrey A. Hirsch, editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader’s Almanac, believes it will go even higher: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average will surge to 38,820 in a ‘super boom’ beginning in 2017.”

However, Paul Mampilly’s “Dow 50,000” predication is really catching eyes, and one should pay heed — considering his past predictions have been spot-on.

Mampilly was thrust into the limelight when the hedge fund he managed was named by Barron’s as one of the “World’s Best.” But he became legendary when he won the prestigious Templeton Foundation investment competition by making a 76% return … during the 2008 and 2009 economic crisis (without shorting stocks or making risky investments).

Right now, Mampilly says: “Stocks are on the cusp of an historic surge. They could easily hit 50,000. It will be a bull market run that will dwarf the tech boom of the ‘90s. I’ve never been more certain of anything in my career.”

This Town Elected a Dog as Their Mayor

Minnesota voters decided to make their town Great – as in Pyrenees – again!

The tiny village of Cormorant re-elected its mayor, Duke – a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees dog – to a second term over the weekend.

He collected every vote but for one, which was cast for his girlfriend, Lassie.

The “election” took place during the village’s annual festival, Cormorant Daze. The community in northwest Minnesota is about 50 miles east of Fargo, ND.

“Three years ago, it happened by accident,” Duke’s owner David Rick said. “You pay a dollar and you can vote.”

He celebrated the big win with congratulatory pets from loyal citizens.

“I don’t know who would run against him, because he’s done such great things for the community,” said Duke devotee and Cormorant resident Karen Nelson.


Tim Kaine, Old Style Politicing

Kaine embraces the Butter Cow
On a campaign tour, Kaine threw himself fully into the Iowa State Fair experience.

DES MOINES, Iowa—Not even a veteran politician like Tim Kaine can resist the pull of the Butter Cow.
On a campaign jaunt through the Hawkeye State Wednesday, Kaine made an impromptu stop at the Iowa State Fair, taking in the sights, smells (good and bad) and tastes that the annual agriculture exhibition has to offer.

Joined briefly by Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Patty Judge and then Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Kaine’s first stop was a sacrosanct trek to pay homage to the famous cow, a 600-pound life-size bovine frame of metal and mesh that’s slathered in layers of butter.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee also stopped to pose in front of a butter mold of the Starship Enterprise, offering up one of his classic cheesy dad jokes: “This campaign has been a journey,” he said, riffing on the Star Trek opening monologue as he shook hands and took pictures with the fair’s visitors.

Kaine made a stop by the Iowa pork tent — at one point hoisting his pork chop on a stick high into the air — and talked briefly to reporters. But he again dodged a question about the impact of the major shakeup in Trump’s campaign staff.


Tim Kaine’s Southern night: Barbecue, beer and bluegrass on the harmonica

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine went all in during his North Carolina visit Monday night, busting out his harmonica for an impromptu jam session with a local bluegrass band.
Kaine played two well-known bluegrass songs — “Wagon Wheel” and “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” — as the crowd cheered him on at Catawba Brewery, even singing and dancing at times, while his wife, Anne Holton, clogged to the side of the stage.
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The impromptu concert capped off a night of Southern fun for Kaine and his wife that included a barbecue dinner with beers and banana pudding at Buxton Hall Barbecue.
Kaine also ordered a post-harmonica beer, picking White Zombie, a local wheat beer, and giving a $5 tip, according to the bartender.


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Olympics 2016

Usain Bolt is not only the fastest man alive but an amazing human being. In the Olympics traditionally personal excellence was the only criterion for received gold or a laurel crown.
When Paavo Nurmi, the greatest distance runner of his age won many events at the Olympics during the 1920s, he was asked whether he ran for the glory of Finland. “No” he replied “I ran for Nurmi.”

What the ancient Greeks would have thought of synchronized swimming or professional basketball players can only be imagined but if they saw the great Usain Bolt they would have understood and appreciated his excellence. Unfortunately the actual video which I had posted has been withdrawn by the Olympic Committee. I’ll keep looking for an actual race video. In the meantime the below will have to do.

Ford Plant River Rouge Postcards

One of our readers sent the below group of pictures of postcards from the Ford Motor Company. I think there was a time when 350,000 workers built cars in and around Detroit. That number today is less than half but Ford is still there and doing fine.Copy and paste link below to see all photos.


Costco Update- Grim

I buy stuff at Costco and while the nearest one is in Danbury about 20 miles away it is usually worth the trip. The below will not be one of my purchases. Let someone else buy it when I get that gentle little tap on the shoulder. I like the part about expedited shipping and of course, the Store Return Policy Is Generous (Except on Caskets)!

“You Can Get a Good Deal on a Casket.

Caskets are often the single most expensive item purchased for a traditional funeral service, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The average cost of a casket bought through a funeral home is more than $2,000, but depending on the finish the price can climb as high as $10,000. Costco offers a cheaper alternative.

Costco members in the process of planning a funeral can purchase a casket online through the warehouse club’s website. Provided by Universal Casket Company, caskets at Costco range in price from $950 to $1,900. Those interested in buying one must first call the casket provider at the number listed on Costco.com to confirm product, pricing and shipping/delivery details before the order will be processed.

Standard shipping is included in the cost of the casket, but expedited shipping is available for an additional fee. Both the shipping address and the billing address must be in one of the 36 states (plus the District of Columbia) approved for casket sales.”


Scooter MIA

Scooter the cat who is small but very affectionate and smart usually goes out each night and is there at the door each morning to come in eat and rest up.
Last Thursday he didnt appear at the door, and hasnt been seen since. The neighbors have a cat Lily who used to be over here at the farm but adopted them some time ago. The great Blackstone is still happily living down at Rosie Andrews farm where I visited him last week. He is the one on the left below. The one on the right is Scooter the evening he disappeared.
We are hopeful that Scooter has wandered and will show up but in this area there are a lot of coyotes, bobcats and other critters that would do Scooter great harm.
Scooter is not related to Scooter Libby, if any of my readers remembers him.
blackstone w mousescooter the cat

Now here is a song made famous by Lee Moore, the Coffee Drinking Nighthawk on WWVA in Wheeling WV. The Cat Came back, hopefully true in Scooter’s case.